Residential Recycling Materials
- Once the recyclables are collected from your blue cart, they are taken to a Single Stream Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
- 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.
- 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.