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ManufactureSmall pellets are transformed into plastic bottles in manufacturing factories throughout the world through extrusion and injection blow molding processes. These plastic bottles are then sold to companies.
Fill & LabelCompanies then fill these plastic bottles with product and label (or print) them for distribution. The filled and labeled containers are shipped to point-of-sale locations and are merchandized for purchase.
ConsumePlastic bottles are purchased from retailers by individuals. The goods are consumed.
DiscardPeople dispose of the plastic bottles by tossing them out the window on a busy highway or in a recycling bin at home. Whatever the form, the plastic bottles are eventually discarded.
CollectPlastic bottles are picked up at various locales by sanitation specialists and recycling collectors.
GrindThe collected plastic bottles are dropped off at a grinding facility. The first physical step in the recycling process, this is where the plastic bottles are broken down from their bottle form into plastic shards.
WashIn preparation to be reused, the plastic shards are thoroughly rinsed and washed.
DryThe newly sparkling clean plastic bottle shards must undergo an intense drying process before they can move on to the final stage of transformation.
PelletizeThe dry plastic shards are re-made into numerous capsule-shaped pellets which will be used to create the second generation of plastic bottles from the same plastic material.
So, that’s what closed loop recycling looks like, all done in 10 simple steps. And at the end of the day a bunch of new post-consumer resin plastic bottles are created. If that’s not the circle of life embodied, I don’t know what is.
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