What happens to Recyclables?
Some of the PAPER you recycle can be put to use right here! Stora Enso paper mill in Duluth, uses local paper and magazines to make new paper. Newspapers are often sent to USG in Cloquet for the production of acoustical ceiling tiles. Rock Tenn in St. Paul uses mixed paper to create the rippled layer inside corrugated cardboard. Recycled corrugated cardboard is also used by Rock Tenn.
Recycling GLASS is ideal because it never wears out and can be recycled an indefinite number of times. Most glass is sent to Anchor Glass in Shakopee, MN to be formed into new bottles.
Some PLASTICS are more recyclable than others. Containers marked with a #1 or #2 are valuable in the recycling market. Plastics can be made into containers, carpeting, clothing and lumber. In fact, it takes just 5 plastic soda bottles to make the stuffing for a ski jacket.
The ALUMINUM CAN that you recycle today might be sitting on a grocer's shelf again in just 60 days. It takes 95% less energy to make a can from recycled aluminum, when compared to using virgin materials.
TIN CANS are mostly made of steel, but are named after the thin coating of tin used to prevent rust. The steel is valuable and is easily made into new cans, cars, building materials, appliances or tools.
For more information on recycling, visit the Recycling Assocation of Minnesota website.
Thank you for recycling- it DOES make a difference!