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Viewpoint: Band of recycling fairies and more

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Do you ever wonder what happens to your recycling after you toss it into your roll cart?  
Is there a band of recycling fairies who utilize their magic powers to sort the materials and generate new products?  Farfetched explanation?  
Perhaps, but the fact is most people are unaware of the processes involved with recycling. But no worries, I am here to enlighten you.
In Los Alamos County we have a single-stream recycling collection system, meaning all recyclable materials are mixed together by the resident in one cart and collected.  
The roll cart is emptied into one of the County’s recycling collection vehicles and brought to the Eco Station.  
At the Eco Station the co-mingled recyclables are loaded into a semi-truck for transport to the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station (BuRRT) in Santa Fe.  
At the BuRRT the processing of the recyclable materials begins. The co-mingled materials are loaded onto a conveyor belt and a combination of machines and hand sorting are used to separate the mixed recyclables into different commodity streams.  


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