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What happens to the things we put in our recycling bins?

  • CaptainAwesome
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    Hello everyone!

    We now have fancy recycling bins at the small factory where I work, and when I told that to my kids, they asked me why we didn’t recycle at home as well. So we went and bought a recycling bin to put it in our kitchen.

    I know, I should have thought of that before, but I’ve never recycled before, and I feel like awareness about the importance of recycling is just starting to spread in my city. Since I’m new to recycling, there are some things I don’t really understand…

    What happens to the paper and plastic and glass that we put in these recycling bins? Where does it all go, and who takes care of sorting them out? Does anyone know? My kids have been asking these questions too but I don’t know what to tell them!

    twilight
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    Congratulations on getting a recycling bin for your home!

    The things we put in recycling bins get picked up and brought to some facilities where people will sort them out, put paper together, cardboard together, and separate the different types of plastics. Depending on where you live, somes types of plastic probably can’t be recycled, so you might want to make some research about what you can and can’t put into your bin.

    CaptainAwesome
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    Thank you!

    But then what happens after those items are sorted out? And what happens to the things that can’t be recycled if you put them in your recycling bin without knowing? If I’m going to start recycling, I want to make sure I’m doing it right!

    KarateKid
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    Don’t worry, if you put something in your bin that can’t be recycled, I guess they’ll just throw it in the trash when they do all this sorting. They won’t send it back to your house with a warning lol

    And the things that can be recycled will be sent to facilities where they can be processed and transformed into new materials: new paper, new plastic, all new stuff that can be used to create new things! This is why recycling makes much more sense than just throwing everything in the trash without thinking about it.

    If you also “recycle” food waste, it will be turned into compost that people can use in their gardens to help grow new food, like magic!

    bumblebee
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    I heard that some of the materials we send for recycling are shipped to other countries where they’re in charge of turning it into new materials. I’m not too sure if it all gets recycled properly to be honest, but hey, we might as well do our part and use our recycling bins, right…

    holymoly
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    It’s great that you’re starting to recycle at home, and at work too! But why do you say that the recycling bins you got at work are fancy?

    CaptainAwesome
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    Thank you for your answers, I understand better now.

    The bins we got at work are fancy because they are colourful, and they have like 5 holes where we can put things! One hole is for trash, one is for food waste, one for paper, one for cans, and I forgot what the other one was for…

    Hugo
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    Hey, I want recycling bins like that, it sounds very convenient! Do you know where they came from?

    CaptainAwesome
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    I asked my boss, he said he got them from Waste Wise Products Inc. Check out their website, they have many different models and I think you can customise them!

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