Recyclable material is no longer seen as waste, but as a resource that has a value and a global market. There is a demand for materials from manufacturers who reprocess them to create new products.
Due to the increased quantity of recycling material available, quality is becoming a more important factor.
Recyclable material is collected and taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). The mixed material is segregated using magnets, optical sorting and other technology until the different materials are in separate waste streams.
Materials are then transported to specialist reprocessing facilities where they are made into new products. Examples of what your recycling could become are listed below:
|paper||newspapers and telephone directories|
|cardboard||boxes and packaging|
|glass||new bottles and jars, road surfacing material|
|tins and cans||window frames, steel beams, engine parts|
|plastic packaging||traffic cones, fleece clothing, carpets, pipes, recycling boxes|
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