How Single-Stream Recycling Works
Recyclable materials - glass, plastics, paper, and metal - are dropped off at Midwest Fiber Recycling Single-Stream Recycling facility in Normal.
The sorting process:
- The materials are placed on a conveyor belt where the separation of materials begins.
- Cardboard, newspaper, and office paper are screened/sorted, leaving only containers.
- Glass, tin and aluminum are separated.
- Magnets go over the conveyor belt to pull tin and steel cans.
- A reverse magnet, known as an Eddy current, causes aluminum cans to fly off the conveyor belt and into a bin for bundling.
- Sorting staff then review the conveyor belt materials for items that may have made it through the process but are not recyclable.
- Once the materials are separated, they are packed into bales that will be sold to other companies that use these materials to make their products.
For more information on single-stream recycling or to speak to a Midwest Fiber representative, please call 800.779.6977.