What Happens to Recycled Plastics?

Effects of plastic pollution

What Recycled Plastics Can Become

We all know the importance of recycling. But, have you ever wondered what the everyday plastic becomes? Let’s take a look at some of the examples:

Drink Plastic Bottles

Believe it or not, that plastic bottle of orange juice or mineral water can be recycled into carpeting, fleece jackets, insulation for jackets, sleeping bags, sweaters, t-shirts, and more bottles.

Plastic Bottle Caps

Plastic bottle caps can become batteries for your car, brooms, garden rakes, reusable shopping bags, ropes, storage containers, yarn, and more bottle caps.

Foam Packaging

What Recycled Plastics Can Become

Contrary to what you may think, plastic foam packing is recyclable. Innovative recycling programs can turn this material it into plastic products such as building products for your home, insulation, picture frames, and more foam packaging.

Milk Jugs & Other Plastic Containers

After recycling these type of items, they can be transformed into lawn furniture, plastic lumber, picnic tables, playground equipment, recycling bins, and more new bottles and containers.

Plastic Bags and Wraps

When plastic bags and wraps are recycled, they can turn into plastic lumber that is used to make backyard decks and fences, park benches, among others. They also can become new plastic bags – and then recycled again.

Not All Plastic Is Recyclable

It is an excellent practice to recycle. However, it is essential to know that not all plastics are recyclable. Here is a list of the things you should not put in the recycle bin.

  • Coffee cupsnot recyclable plastics
  • Plastic toys
  • Keyboards
  • Straws
  • Any plastic item that has not been rinsed before putting it into the recycle bin.

Remember, it is ideal to reduce the usage of plastic. Try alternative options like tissue bags or glass bottles.

Next time, before you throw that bottle away, think about the amazing products that can be made with that piece. At Sunrise Sanitation we encourage you to recycle. And, don’t worry about the recyclables pickup service, we have state-of-the-art trucks and all the logistics to make sure your recyclable materials don’t end up in the landfills.

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