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What happens to my recyclables? - What's in our garbage - Garbage & recycling services

What happens to my recyclables?

Ever wonder what happens to your recyclables after they are picked up? Materials collected for recycling in King County become new products, many of them manufactured locally. This 9-minute video shows how the recycling loop works Youtube – from collection to remanufacture to new product.

King County waste stream graph
Eighty percent of materials thrown away are resources – not waste.
King County Solid Waste Division mission: Waste Prevention, Resource Recovery, Waste Disposal

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