The Recycling Cycle

Did you ever wonder what is done with the many things that we recycle?  We have brief synopsis of three different Recyclable materials.

Paper:

Paper is taken from the bin and deposited in a large recycling container along with paper from other recycling bins.

The paper is taken to a recycling plant where it is separated into types and grades.

The separated paper then goes through a cleaning process to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue. The paper is put into a large holder where it is mixed with water to create ‘slurry’.

By adding different materials to the slurry, different paper products can be created, such as cardboard, newsprints or office paper.

The slurry is spread using large rollers into large thin sheets.

The paper is left to dry, and then it is rolled up ready to be cut and sent back to the shops.

Glass:

The consumer throws glass into a recycle bin.

Glass is taken from the bin and taken to a glass treatment plant.

The glass is sorted by color and washed to remove any impurities.

The glass is then crushed and melted, then molded into new products such as bottles and jars. Or it may be used for alternative purposes such as brick manufacture or decorative uses.

The glass is then sent back to the shops ready to be used again.

Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again.

Aluminum:

The consumer throws aluminum cans and foil into a recycle bin.

The aluminum is then collected and taken to a treatment plant.

In the treatment plant the aluminum is sorted and cleaned ready for reprocessing.

It then goes through the melting process again and turns into molten aluminum, this removes the coatings and inks that may be present on the aluminum.

The aluminum is then made into large blocks called ingots. Each ingot contains approximately 1.7 million drinks cans.

The ingots are sent to mills where they are rolled out, this gives the aluminum greater flexibility and strength

This is then made into aluminum products such as cans, chocolate wrapping and ready meal packaging.

In as little as 6 weeks, the recycled aluminum products are then sent back to the shops ready to be used again.

Remember, recycling not only helps to keep America Beautiful it also helps the environment; you are also conserving resources and saving energy.