In fiscal year 2021, a third of the recyclable materials recovered by local governments in North Carolina stayed in-state, and almost 80% remained in the Southeast (according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality). 

Where you live impacts 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 Recycling to be sorted. Pratt Recycling 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 Recycling 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. To find out how Clear Path Recycling processes plastic, check out the video here. Envision Plastics recycles another type of plastic (plastic type #2, or HDPE) into various types of plastic bottles.

Some of the glass from Cumberland County is taken to Strategic Materials to be recycled. But be careful – not every recycling service accepts glass! Find out how they recycle it by viewing the video here.

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.