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Weirdest items we find in our recycling facilities

SUEZ in the UK manages recyclable material collected from over five million households. This means that we often find some unusual items on the conveyor belts at our materials recycling facilities.

Buy milk, feed the cat, water plants, take out recycling bin…the list of household chores goes on, and sometimes we have a tendency of switching to ‘autopilot’ while getting on with our day. We chuck items into the recycling bin without giving it a second thought, and drag the wheelie bin outside ready for collection. However, for the recyclables this is just the start of the next stage of their journey. Once the local crew collects your bin, the recyclables are taken to a materials recycling facility where they are sorted into each material type, baled and shipped off to be reprocessed and given a second life as a new product.