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What Happens to Recycled Plastic

Different kinds of plastic containers

Plastic containers are brought to the recycling center where they are sorted by type and sometimes color. They are crushed together and formed into a huge cube or bale.


Truck carrying bales of plastic

The bales of plastic are shipped to a plastics processing plant.


Plastic Processing plant

The plastic is broken apart and shredded into flakes or pellets and then cleaned.

The flakes or pellets are shipped to manufacturers of plastic goods.


T-shirt-park table & bench, toys made from recycled plastic

The manufacturer melts the plastic flakes or pellets down for molding into new products like:

  • fiberfill for sleeping bags
  • plastic lumber
  • containers for non-food
  • products
  • toys
  • compost bins
  • rulers
  • T-shirts


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