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Do you ever wonder what happens to the plastic bottles you throw into the recycling bin? Here’s the gist of it…

Once your plastic bottles are picked up by the truck and delivered to the recycling center, they are deposited onto a conveyer belt. As they make their way down the belt, they are sorted from other trash. The bottles are cleaned inside and out, then re-sorted by plastic-type and by color.

Each type of plastic is then shredded, melted and reformed into pellets that will be sold and turned into fencing, playgrounds, toys, carpets, polyester, plastic bags, more plastic bottles or a slew of other products we use every day.

Pretty cool, huh? Check out the video to see it in action.

Good to know

While plastic is cleaned of food and debris during the recycling process, it’s still a good idea to rinse beforehand to keep mold, insects, and vermin at bay.

Also read: Let’s Un-Plastic Your Bathroom, Shall We?


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