What Happens When We Recycle
Recycling is a series of activities that includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials, and manufacturing these raw materials into new products.
Learn more about the three R's of recycling. For more information on recycling in Parkland, contact the Environmental Resources Division at (954) 757-4153.
Collection and Processing
Collecting recyclables varies from community to community, but the most common methods are curbside pick-up, drop-off centers, buyback centers, and deposit / refund programs. Regardless of the method, the next leg of the journey is the same. Recyclables are sent to a materials recovery facility to be sorted and prepared into marketable commodities for manufacturing. Just like any other commodity, recyclable materials are bought and sold, and the prices change and fluctuate with the market.
Once cleaned and separated, the recyclables are ready to undergo the second part of the recycling loop. More and more of today's products are being manufactured with totally or partially recycled content. Common household items include newspapers and paper towels, soft drink containers, steel cans, and laundry detergent bottles.
Recycled materials are also used in innovative applications such as using recovered glass in asphalt or recovered plastic in carpeting, park benches, and pedestrian bridges.
Purchasing Recycled Products
Purchasing recycled products completes the recycling loop. By buying recycled products, governments as well as businesses and individual consumers play an important role in making the recycling process a success. As consumers demand more environmentally sound products, manufacturers will continue to meet that demand by producing high-quality recycled products.