Where Do Recyclables Go?

Page updated on Mar 18, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Residential Recycling Materials

  1. Once the recyclables are collected from your blue cart, they are taken to a Single Stream Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
  2. At the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), the recyclables are separated by type: plastics, glass, metal, paper and cardboard. To learn more about how recyclables are sorted, watch this short video from WM Recycle America's Elkridge MRF.
  3. Each type of material is consolidated into bales (except for glass). These bales are loaded onto a truck, and sent to manufacturing plants where the recyclables are used to make new products.