Plastic is baled with other similar types of material.
Plastic is then hauled off to a recycling facility where it begins its transformation and crushed into bales with other plastics of its type.
The bales are sold and shipped to be processed.
The bales are sold and shipped to reclaimers, which are companies that process the recycled plastic. Material Recovery Facilities can sell the bales at a higher price if the material is clean. The cleaner the material, the better the market value and the more cost-effective it may be to recycle and repurpose plastic. Make sure you remove any excess food/waste scrap and rinse out your recyclables. Keep bags and film clean and dry.
3. Flaking and Melting
The bags and film packaging are shredded in flakes and melted.
The bales are torn up and the pieces are shred into tiny flakes. After a quick wash, rinse and dry, the flakes are melted together.
Melted plastic is extruded into pellets, small oval pieces of plastic which is then pushed through an extruder. To visualize an extruder, think back on your childhood Play-Doh set where you pushed the dough through the machine to make spaghetti. This is extruding. Plastic may be extruded into various shapes; most often into pellets that can be sold to companies that use recycled plastic.