Recycling bin is placed on curbside ready to be picked up
Collectors pick up recyclables and take them to a materials recovery facility (MRF)
All of the plastic is sorted out in the category they belong to
Once plastic is sorted out it is then shipped out to an intermediate processing facility
At the processing facility plastic is processed into flakes or pellets which are then cleaned and sold to other companies
The companies that buy the flakes or the pellets melt and press it down into new consumer products (shampoo bottle, plastic auto part, new yogurt container, bottles). Once the product is sold and used the cycle repeats.