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Unformatted text preview: and pollution can be complex as there are many factors involved. Process • Most recycling starts with some level of ‘source separation’ • This is initial sorting done by the producer of the waste. . • Separating paper, plastic, organics etc. • Some downside to this as the user may not always sort effectively – this leads to lower quality material 3 Sorting • Since sorting is a major issue, most recycling facilities do the sorting internally either by hand or mechanically • (see diagram from Basic Environmental Technology 5 th edition (hereafter BET)) Mechanical Sorting • Typically material is source separated into paper in one stream and metals/plastic/glass in a second, though even this can now be mechanized (Peel Region does this) • Material is baled and set to the market where a user recycles the material separately...
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- Fall '10
- Basic environmental technology, Mechanical Sorting