Sorting & Resale Process

Sorting & Resale Process

Recycling Sorting Facility

Curb It! helps 145,000 households recycle more than 25,000 tons of materials each year. Once the green Curb It! cart is emptied, those recyclables are delivered to Mid America Recycling, where mechanical processes and people sort, bundle, and sell recyclables.

How Much is Recycled

All of the materials accepted in the program are recycled. However, when unaccepted materials wind up in the cart, it causes contamination that redirect an entire load to the landfill.

Food containers, plastics without twist-off lids such as bags or buckets, clothes and electronics are examples of contaminants. These items may be recyclable or reusable, but not in your Curb It cart! Check out our Recycling Guide for options to ensure these materials get reused or recycled and not landfilled.

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Where Do Recyclables Go?

When recycling is done right, your items have the change to make into something great again! Below are some examples of where your good recyclables might go.  

Mixed Paper and Food/Beverage Cartons

Mixed paper often goes to Minneapolis, MN, to make paperboard for General Mills cereal boxes, or to Valparaiso, IN, to make corrugated boxes. 


Newspaper is shipped to Mexico and made into newsprint used in newspapers across Mexico. It's also used for specialty high grade paperboard cartons used in the U.S., Latin America and Europe cosmetic industries, as well as overnight mailers.


Steel is recycled in Illinois and Indiana into rebar and structural steel such as industrial 2x4s for commercial buildings.


Aluminum is recycled in Tennessee and Alabama to make new beverage containers.


Glass mixed in your Curb It! cart could be ground and mixed with hard surface road material. When it’s collected through bottle redemption, it can be remanufactured into new bottles for food and beverage containers and for products ranging from baby food jars to adult beverages.


Plastics may be sent to a manufacturer in Alabama that makes car battery cases and paint containers, as well as other plastic parts for the auto industry. It's also sent to Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky where it is turned into polyester blend clothing, carpeting, and even green strapping used in shipping.