Tour a Recycling Center

Check out what happens to your recyclables after they leave your house.

You always put your old homework paper and plastic bottles into the recycling bin. Go, you! But that’s just the first step for the 67 million tons of waste Americans recycle each year. Take a tour of the first stop for your recyclables: the facility where the materials are sorted. (Every facility has its own equipment and process—this is a peek into just one type!)

Download a pdf of the recycling center illustration.