SEP 03, 2016 11:34 AM PDT

What happens to your recyclables?

3 1 633

So you recycle. Good, we all must! But are you aware of what happens to your plastics directly after you toss them into the right bin?

First the plastics are sorted by their numbers because those materials are marketed differently. Some of us do this by hand and some towns and cities have single-stream recycling, meaning that you can put all of your different types of plastics in one container and a machine will sort it later. Once sorted, the plastics are pushed to a baler facility by a conveyor belt and compacted into cubes that can be loaded onto trailers and sent to market. At market, there are various uses for the plastics. Some of the plastics are remade into bottles, some are used by pharmaceutical companies, some are even used to create electricity!
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
JUL 23, 2018
Videos
JUL 23, 2018
Why is the ocean getting louder?
 
JUL 25, 2018
Videos
JUL 25, 2018
Is Your Brain Completely Unconscious During Anesthesia?
For surgical procedures, anesthesia is a necessary part of patient care. Anesthesia is thought to render a patient unconscious, but according to new r
JUL 31, 2018
Videos
JUL 31, 2018
Tired of Coffee? Try These Ideas for a Boost of Energy
A good strong cup of coffee first thing in the morning, at lunch, on a break or just about anytime can be a real boost. Not everyone likes coffee though, a
AUG 01, 2018
Videos
AUG 01, 2018
Why You Shouldn't Hold in a Sneeze
Despite how tempting it might be to hold in a sneeze when you’re in a public location, it’s in the best interest of your body that you just let
AUG 08, 2018
Videos
AUG 08, 2018
Pesticide Use in Cannabis Farming
What's the first thing you do when you get home with freshly bought fruits and vegetables? You wash them off to make sure they are clean and free of re
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
Is Earth Running Out of Helium?
If current global demand continues, we can face a shortage of helium within the next 40 years. Helium is the second most common element after hydrogen
Loading Comments...