The Journey of Recyclable Materials





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Published on Jan 10, 2014

Each year City of Richardson residents recycle more than 5,500 tons of recyclable materials. How does recycled material become something new? The process begins when City of Richardson residents purchase blue bags and fill them with recyclable items including plastics No. 1-7 (excluding Styrofoam), aluminum, tin and more.

With any container used for recycling, the volume of material that can be recycled is limited by the capacity of the container. The City of Richardson uses blue bags so once one bag is full another can be used.

Republic Services facility in Plano runs a state-of-the-art facility that opened in September 2013. This facility uses magnets, lasers, gravity and other techniques that can sort and separate more than 500 tons of mixed recyclables each day. Each type of material is baled and shipped to other facilities to process recycled materials and turn them into something new, such as a soda can or plastic injection molding.

How much household material can be recycled?
Chris Miller, Republic Services division sales manager, says about 80 percent of household waste can be recycled.

What items should never be recycled?
Including but not limited to garden hoses, full food containers, Styrofoam and restroom waste such as used paper towels. These items could cause problems for the machines at the facility and will be sent to the landfill.

Learn more about recycling in Richardson, Texas at the City of Richardson website.

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