What happens during the recycling process?\r\nWe are always told that recycling helps the planet and that we should recycle whenever we can.\r\nIt is the \u201cgreen\u201d thing to do.\r\nWhat some of us don\u2019t know is, what happens after we place our used items in recycling bins.\r\n\r\nThe materials in recycling bins are first collected and then they are sent to a recovery facility.\r\nAt the recovery facility, the items are sorted, cleaned and then they are processed so that they can be manufactured.\r\nThere are tons of items that go through the recycling process. There are different ways for each item to be cleaned and recycled.\r\n\r\nFor example, paper is sent to a recycling plant, where it is washed in soapy water to wash the ink out.\r\nThe plastic film, staples, and the glue are also taken out.\r\nThen, different materials are added to water and this is where a slurry is created. The slurry is used to create different paper products like newsprint, cardboard or office paper.\r\n\r\nAnother example would be plastic. Plastic is first sorted into its different colors and types and then it is filtered for any contaminants.\r\nThen, it is chopped. After it has been chopped, it is melted into pellets or it is made into fibers.\r\nThe materials can be used to make fabrics, construction materials that are actually very durable, furniture or insulation.\r\n\r\nThen, of course, these items are sold and purchased to be reused again and again.\r\nRecycling is green because the items that are being recycled are being made anew or into something else instead of taking up space in a landfill.