Councils use different methods of collecting your recycling. There are kerbside ‘sort’ schemes where recyclables are sorted into their respective materials on the lorry at the kerbside; and co-mingled collections where all your recyclables are put into one compartment on the lorry before being taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) and sorted. This section is looking at co-mingled collections.

At the MRF, all the mixed recycling is sorted and separated into different types of materials by hand or machine (or both) before being sent to manufacturers who make it into new products. The machinery, processes and the materials that each MRF can accept do vary, so the video explains the basic principal of the process.

Once materials have been sorted, recycled materials become valuable commodities in the worldwide market.

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