Where do my recyclables go after pick-up?
Massachusetts has seven processing facilities that sort and bale over 500,000 tons of recyclables each year. After processing, your recyclables are ready to enter the "recycling marketplace."
Who uses recyclables after they're sorted?
Recyclables are valuable commodities in today's global economy. About half of the bottles, cans and paper collected in Massachusetts are sold to manufacturing plants in the Northeast: the other half goes to markets in China, India, and Brazil.
What is made out of all that stuff?
- Paper and cardboard are turned into cereal and cracker boxes, book covers, and game boards at a recycling paper mill in Fitchburg.
- Glass bottles and jars are melted and used to make new containers in facilities such as St. Gobain Containers in Milford.
- Plastic soda bottles become polyester fiberfill for jackets and sleeping bags, or polar fleece made by Malden Mills in Lawrence.
- Milk jugs, detergent bottles,, and other #2 plastics become landscaping timbers and whiskey barrel planters made by Smartware Products in Leominster.