- Q: What happens to the plastic that I recycle?
PET [#1] Plastics:
Rome, GA - Made into polyester fiber for use in carpet manufacture and some limited applications in apparel.
Clyde, OH - Made primarily into PET strapping for securing products to pallets.
Frackville, PA - Made primarily into PET strapping for securing products to pallets, but some limited bottle applications.
China export - Just as soon as we get decent bale weights with the new baler installation. Most PET is used to manufacture polyester fiber for clothing and furniture.
HDPE [#2] Plastics:
Troy, AL - Made into new pellets for subsequent manufacture into a wide range of new [non-FDA] bottles, flower pots, lids, and wide range of other home and garden products.
York, PA - Primarily recycled into new bottles.
Reidsville, NC - Primarily manufactured into new bottles, as well as range of other products.
China export - Soon to be an aggressive outlet as mills will recycle into a range of products including toys and durable goods.
China export - Materials are sorted and processed into new pellets for subsequent manufacture into a range of products including home & garden equipment and durable goods, toys, furniture, and gadgets of all sorts.
- Q: What happens to the aluminum that I recycle?
A: Aluminum cans are sold to Smurfit-Stone in Columbus, Ohio and made back into can stock.
Steel Tin Cans are sold to Smurfit-Stone in Columbus, Ohio and melted down in the steel industry to make steel coil.