Recycling Facility Tour

View inside the material recovery facility.

View inside the material recovery facility.

How is a glass pickle jar with a metal lid recycled?  Recently, I had the opportunity to tour a recycling facility in Milwaukee and learn the answer.  An organization called Keeping Greater Milwaukee Beautiful hosted the tour of the Milwaukee County/ Waukesha County material recovery facility.  This is where all of the recyclables are sent to be sorted.  Once they are sorted, they are sent to specialized companies to actually do the recycling.

The largest paper baler in North America!

The tour was very educational and interesting.  This facility fills 10 semi trucks per day with sorted/ baled recyclables.  I learned that this particular facility has a 92% success rate meaning that 92% of the stuff that comes into the facility can be recycled.  Basically saying that 8% of the stuff shouldn’t have been put in the recycling bin to begin with.  That is the 2nd highest success rate in the country.  Go Milwaukee!

Recycling is an important part in a vision for future sustainability.  On average, only 35% of recyclable materials are recycled.  What a shame.  Recycling is not the answer to all of our environmental and climate problems, but it is certainly an EASY step in the right direction.

P.S. The glass pickle jar is broken and then the metal lid is free to be sorted with the other metals.

My Mom and Me in front of bales of aluminum cans.

My Mom and Me in front of bales of aluminum cans.

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