Residential Recycling Materials
- Once the recyclables are collected from your blue cart, they are delivered to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) located in Manassas, VA operated by Republic Services.
- At the MRF, the recyclables are separated by type: plastics, metal, paper and cardboard.
- Each type of material is consolidated into bales. These bales are loaded onto a truck, and sent to manufacturing plants where the recyclables are used to make new products.
- Glass bottles and jars collected from purple glass drop-off containers are delivered to an aggregation facility located in Lorton, VA in Fairfax County.
- From Fairfax County, the glass is recovered in multiple ways. Some glass bottles and jars are loaded onto a truck and hauled to a secondary Glass Processing Center to be recycled back into new glass bottles. Glass is also crushed into sand and gravel to be used for local public works projects.