What happens to your recyclables after your Blue/Black box is emptied?
All your recyclables are unloaded at a ‘Material Recovery Facility’ near Merlin and placed onto conveyor belts for sorting into different types of recycling. Much of the sorting and separation of paper, cardboard and containers (bottles, cans, plastics) from trucks is done by machines. Workers hand-sort the different recyclables as they pass along a conveyor belt, and strong magnets capture the metal cans. Sorted materials are then compressed into a bale or cube and shipped to firms that recycle it to make new products. Recycling is driven by supply and demand. Manufacturer demand for recycled material is partly driven by consumers’ demand. So when we buy recyclable products that have recycled content, it creates demand for that material and more items can be diverted from landfill.