Recycling is the process by which discarded materials are collected, sorted, processed and converted into raw materials for the production of new products. Simply said, recycling means to use something again. For instance, newspapers can be used to make new newspapers, or glass jars can be used to make new glass jars. Recycling is a key component of waste management and one of the three R’s of the waste hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. For more information about recycling and how you can get involved, use the navigation at the right.
The recycling process used by Parkersburg Recycling is a dual stream system. Residents are asked to use two recycle bins: one for all paper, including corrugated cardboard; and the other for all glass, metal and plastic containers. This system lowers the probability of processing contaminated material. Clean, uncontaminated material is more desirable by manufacturers, and thus has more value. The labor costs for sorting material in a dual stream system are lower, making the overall system more efficient and cost effective.