What happens with the plastic? Is it true that it is shredded and used to cover the landfill at Altamont?
Answer, from Rebecca Jewell, Recycling Programs Manager
Davis Street Transfer Station:
Plastics from residential and commercial recycling bins are sorted and bundled for recycling in machines the size of city blocks called Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs).
This video reflects what happens to materials collected by Alameda County Industries, which serves Alameda and San Leandro
This video reflects materials collected in Rockridge, Albany and Alameda businesses by Waste Management.
The plastic bales are sold to companies that will use them as a feedstock for making new products.
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