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01 February 2019

What are recycled materials turned into?

More and more of us recycle and recycling has now become an integral part of our day-to-day habits.

But one question keeps coming up again and again: what happens to the things that you put in your blue bin once they are taken to a recycling centre?

 

Here are some examples of finished products based on the material recycled:

Cardboard

  • Craft paper
  • Cardboard boxes (made from corrugated cardboard)
  • Some construction materials, including roofing materials and cellulose insulation

 

Fine paper

  • Folding cartons corrugated cardboard
  • Domestic and sanitary paper products (Printing paper, bathroom tissue, facial tissues, paper towels, etc.)

 

Newspaper

  • Animal litter
  • Fruit separators
  • Phone books
  • Newsprint paper
  • Notepad backing
  • Stuffing for protective coverings for construction materials such as ceiling panels and wall coverings

 

 

Plastic

  • Shopping and garbage bags
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Toys
  • Fences and stair rails
  • Drainage and irrigation pipes, etc.
  • Skate blade guards
  • Clothes hangers
  • Car parts (bumpers, batteries)
  • Bases for road signs and traffic cones
  • Construction materials (planks, beams, insulation boards, etc.)
  • Shower curtains
  • Animal cages
  • Wheeled bins, recycling bins and household composters

 

Glass

  • Glass containers
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Fibreglass insulating materials
  • Supplementary cementing material
  • Abrasives
  • Water filtration
  • Ornamental and horticultural mulch

Steel

  • Cans
  • Tools and nails
  • Frames
  • Steel structures (bridges, buildings, cars)

 

Aluminum

  • Cans
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Construction material
  • Some car parts

 

 

Tires

  • Speed bumps
  • Protective mats and sports and game surfaces
  • Wheels for wheeled bins
  • Mud guards
  • Soles
  • Planters
  • Blasting mats.

 

Recycling these materials is therefore an excellent way to save the environment and contribute to preserving natural resources. For a full list of finished products, consult this article from Recyc-Québec (available in French only).

If you’re not sure whether something is recyclable or not, you can consult the Recyc-Québec ça va où search tool (available in French only).

For additional information, contact us!

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