What Happens to my Recycling?
Once you put your recycling in your can, your part is
done, but there is much more that happens to your items as they journey back
into the loop.
Your recyclables are consolidated with others either in
a compactor, dumpster or perhaps by the city's recycling trucks. Once there is a full load, they are then
transported to Balcones. By the time
your recyclables reach Balcones, they have been comingled with up to eight tons of
We are then tasked with the feat of extracting each of
the different commodities. Technology
has advanced in recent years to allow us to mechanically pull some materials,
but sometimes the human eye is the best resource in our system. After the material is passed through a number
of mechanical and manual screens, each commodity is baled, inventoried and
staged until enough like material is accumulated.
Transportation is always a consideration in the
recycling industry. In order to maximize
our equipment, manpower and hauling, we want our outbound shipments to be full
and heavy. We've invested in top-of-the-line balers, that create very heavy, dense bales which in turn maximize
our transportation and lower our costs.
The ready-to-ship material is then transported by
semi truck or railcar to its next destination, where it will be further
processed and returned to a state where it can be used as a raw material to
create new products.
Check out an interactive journey of recyclables here: www.iwanttoberecycled.org/journey