Where you live has a big impact on where your recycling goes, and what it is turned into. If you live in the City of Fayetteville and have residential curbside recycling pickup, your mixed recycling is taken to Pratt Industries to be sorted. Pratt Industries is called a Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF. To learn more about how MRFs sort recycling, view the video here. Plastic bags, electrical cords, and other tanglers clog up the sorting machines at MRFs. This is why it is so important to pay attention to the recycling rules!
After being sorted, your recycled materials are sold to other companies to be made into new products. Pratt Industries recycles the paper and cardboard into items like cardboard boxes and displays. Clear Path Recycling, right here in Fayetteville, recycles plastic bottles (plastic type #1, or PET) into plastic fibers and plastic flooring. Envision Plastics recycles another type of plastic (plastic type #2, or HDPE) into various types of plastic bottles.
Now that you know where your recycling goes, you know how important it is to recycle paper and plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars, and leave plastic bags and wrap out of your recycling bin! Remember the 3 Rs: “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” Reducing and reusing products is the best way to conserve energy and resources. When it is not possible to reduce or reuse, recycling is the next best option.