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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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