All About Recycling Centers
One of the great developments of this era is the recycling center for waste and trash. Recycling centers help provide hundreds of tons of reusable raw materials that are remade into useful items. These centers efficiently collect, sort, and re-purpose materials and goods that might have otherwise ended up buried in a landfill, dumped offshore into the ocean, or even incinerated. So, what happens to the trash in your recycling bin or to the materials you dropped off at a recycling center?
First, the items that are dropped off at the center are sorted or prepped by employees who sit by a conveyor belt. The materials move slowly by on the belt throughout the day. Workers separate out the different types of glass, metal, and plastic and place them into collection receptacles or bins where they are then taken out and moved to a different area of the center. The items are then cleaned or prepared for their final destination.
Once the items have been sorted and cleaned, the next step is to compress or package the items for shipment out to people who buy raw material. For instance, cardboard and plastic are crushed and baled, and sometimes shredded, to make it compact and simpler to transport in large quantities. The buyers of the raw materials take them and incorporate them into the production line in the exact way that they would incorporate new supplies of the same material. Essentially, they mix virgin material with recycled material. This creates a blend; or if only recycled materials are used, a new product is created that is 100% recycled.
The materials from scrap yards are processed much the same way. A scrap yard can run an entire car through a shredding machine and then separate the pieces that come out into multiple categories. Magnets will separate out the iron or ferrous based metals, and workers will separate out the metals that are non ferrous like aluminum and copper. A weight-based processing machine separates plastic and foam. The scrap yards will then sell the new processed material to buyers to include into new items.
Many cities have drop-off centers that accept recyclable materials that homeowners transport themselves. Some communities have drop-off centers for hazardous materials like propane gas or paint. You might also find some centers that pay homeowners for the items they donate. Still others have programs that offer deposit/refund programs where you pay a deposit for a can of soda; and when the can is returned, a refund is issued. Please visit this website for a buyback center in San Jose.
With the advantage of having lots of experience in the Recycling Industry, Dustin shares his knowledge through his writing. You can find his thoughts at recycling guide blog on Wordpress.
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