What Happens to the Materials that I Recycle?
Aluminum cans are recycled indefinitely. Your recycled aluminum cans will be processed and reused to make new cans and foil that you’ll see on store shelves.
When you recycle tin, steel cans and other metal products, nearly all of the material can be reused for future products such as new cookware, construction materials, electronics or even a new bicycle.
Paper & Paper Products
You’ll contribute to a long list of new products when you recycle old newspaper and other paper products. For example, that recycled paper can become new books, egg cartons, building insulation, boxes, kitty litter, sheetrock and even kitchen countertops. Your old cardboard boxes and packaging are easily made into new materials. Cardboard is processed, and then turned back into new boxes and other cardstock products, while using 70% less energy to produce new products from by using raw materials alone.
New glass objects are actually easier to make from recycled bottles than from the raw materials. When you recycle glass, it’s reused to make new bottles and fiber glass that we use every day. It is also used in tiles, which can be designed to use in flooring and counters. It is even used in paving materials.
Much of what you use every day is made from recycled plastics. Plastic is one of the most versatile materials when it comes to recycling. After it is sorted by type of plastic it is made into various things. Here are some examples:
- Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps and occasionally new containers
- Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables and fencing
- Decks, paneling, mud flaps, roadway gutters, flooring, cables, speed bumps and maps
- Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, lumber and landscaping ties
- Signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, pallets, trays, bins and rakes
- Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, carry-out contain
- Plastic lumber and custom-made products
What types of Plastics can I recycle?
PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
HDPE (high density polyethylene)
V or PVC (Vinyl or PVC)
LDPE (low density polyethylene)
Found in: Squeezable bottles; (NO food residue allowed) soap dispenser bottles, food storage containers; bread, frozen food, dry cleaning and shopping bags (all of the bags must be put inside one of the bags); small buckets (8” diameter max.)
We also accept empty, clean and dry food and beverage cartons. Commonly used carton and aseptic containers include milk and juice cartons, along with soup and broth, soy milk cream and wine cartons. These containers are typically made from layers that may include paper, metal and plastic, too.