Woah, that’s a deep question. Recycling nerds like us could talk about this for hours! We can’t speak on behalf of other recycling centers, but we can tell you how we do things at our facility.
Our process is kinda like a reverse assembly line. We call it “demanufacturing”. Sounds pretty badass, right? This is basically how it goes…
Stuff breaks and becomes unusable. Sometimes people just want to get rid of the junk that’s cluttering their homes. Whatever the reason, folks want us to take stuff off their hands.
People bring their recyclables to our location, but we also have a fleet of trucks that makes in-home and curbside pickups for those who prefer it.
After your stuff arrives at our recycling center, the demanufacturing magic happens:
1) We remove all hazardous materials and electronics that contain information. These include lithium-ion batteries, cell phones, and computers.
2) Raw materials are sorted and processed by type (Plastics, metals, etc.).
3) The sorted and processed raw materials (along with hazardous materials and components with information) are shipped to a partner for “end-of-life” recycling.
4) End-of-life recycling includes shredding, melting, and re-manufacturing materials into new products.
Items arrive at the recycling facility. Things are sorted by type and hazardous materials are removed. All of the raw materials are then further removed, separated, sorted and processed. The sorted and processed raw materials, along with hazardous materials and items with information, are finally sent to a partner for end-of-life recycling.
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