Most of the NCRA community is well-schooled on collection programs and outreach, but what happens next? Come see the next step in closing the loop. We are lucky to have local Bay Area facilities with updated technologies to process collected materials into usable feedstocks.
Want to know what happens to your glass bottles? If you recycle a bottle in California, it goes to Strategic Materials – the largest glass recycler in the country.
If anyone toured their old facility in San Leandro, you’ll know that this is a fascinating and instructive tour! Strategic has a new facility in Fairfield, and on this tour you’ll see how glass is received, cleaned, and processed into cullet for production into new glass bottles and other products.
And what about food scraps, yard trimmings…and even the digestate we saw at our South San Francisco anaerobic digester tour a few months ago? The Napa Recycling & Composting Facility has a new organics pre-processing line, receiving building, and all electric equipment to sort and process 80,000+tons/year of organics into feedstock for the onsite composting facility. Many of us have seen MRF sort lines for recyclables, but you also need to see an organics sort line and processing operation to get insight into how California is going to get to that lofty goal of 75% of organics out of the landfill by 2025!