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Plastic Recycling Videos

The Chain of Plastics Recycling

Everybody has been talking about plastics recycling lately, but do you know how the chain of recycling works? This short video walks you through the chain of recycling from consumer back to store.

Your Bottle Means Jobs

Ths "Your Bottle Means Jobs (YBMJ)" video from the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council and the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) highlights the economic impact of plastics recycling in the Carolinas at a time when China is tightening up what imported recycling commodity materials it will accept.  The video, entitled “Real People, Real Jobs, Recycle” highlights those working in the high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastics recycling industry in the Carolinas, focusing on the North Carolina recycling supply chain. Featuring employees of NC companies such as ReCommunity, Plastic Revolutions, Crumpler Plastic Pipe, and Burt’s Bees, the video shows that recycling is at the intersection of the environment and the economy.

NowThis News Recycling: How It Works

In this short video a producer from NowThis News follows materials from their office recycling bin all the way to Sims Municipal Recycling.

Recycling Journey of a Plastic Cap

The video highlights how a typical plastic cap travels through the entire recycling process. In the video there's a PET bottle is used in the flowchart to illustrate this process, but the same steps can be taken to recycle plastic caps on many other types of containers including: laundry detergent and other cleaning products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, as well as condiment, snack, and other food bottles

Recycling Journey of a Plastic Non-Bottle Container

This video shows how a typical non-bottle container travels through the entire recycling process.  In the video you’ll see a flowchart that describes this process. Although a yogurt tub is used here, the same steps can be taken to recycle many other types of non-bottle containers including:  tubs for butter/sour cream, smaller single serve yogurt containers, cups, to-go clamshells, small storage crates and small buckets.  The video below takes the flowchart further with detailed descriptions of each step in the process. 

Recycling Journey of Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics

The video below highlights how a typical bulky rigid plastic item travels through the entire recycling process. Although a laundry basket is used in the flowchart, the same steps can be taken to recycle many other types of bulky rigids including: crates, buckets, baskets, totes, and lawn furniture.

'Your Bottle Means Jobs' Video on Economic Impact of Plastic Recycling in the Carolinas

This bottle recycling video was launched from the "Your Bottle Means Jobs" campaign in partnership with NAPCOR.  The video shows how a plastic bottle goes from the recycling bin and is made into new products, highlighting the 3,500+ jobs and the economic impact of the plastic recycling  industry in the Carolinas.

AMUT's HDPE - PP Washing Line

AMUT Group has installed a new washing line for rigid plastic recycling in England. 

PetStar's Institutional Video 

This new video from PetStar showcases their recycling operations as well as the benefits of PET packaging and recycling. PetStar's operations employ over 1,000 people!

Plastic Recycling, Inc. Recycles Foam #6 from a MRF 

A new video has been produced that showcases a new recycling facility operated by Plastic Recycling, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana that is designed to process mixed bales of solid and foam polystyrene from curbside residential recycling programs.

Sims Municipal Recycling: Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility

New Yorkers have been required to recycle for over 25 years. While it's part of everyday life, what happens after the bags are loaded into a truck largely remains a mystery. We recently spent the day in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn to take a look at the newly opened Sims Municipal Recycling facility that focuses on material recovery.

Don't Be Trashy. Recycle.

Plastics Make it Possible® produced this video with the goal of helping people understand what happens to our used plastics after we toss them in the bin.

Recycling Grocery Rigid Plastics videos

Three videos were developed by APR with assistance from the American Chemistry Council. As grocery stores look for new ways to "green" their operations, APR hopes these educational videos will be a useful tool for their rigid plastic recycling programs.  Videos included are Recycling Makes $ense, Recycling Made Easy & Completing the Cycle.

The Lifecycle of a PET bottle

In North America water bottles account for more than 2 million tons of waste each year. The value chain can improve this through recycling allowing rPet to be recycled back into another PET container. This up-recycling saves energy, resources, and kick starts the recycling process again.

Plastic Bag & Film Recycling

A video on how Trex recycles plastic bags and film, brought to you by America Recycles Day sponsor American Chemistry Council. Learn more about the demand for plastic bags and film and how plastics from your home are collected, processed, and later manufactured into new products.

Recycling Polystyrene and Expanded Polystyrene

Todd Sutton, the Waste Sleuth, investigates the recycling of the #6 plastics. His conclusions? PS and EPS are highly recyclable, even in curbside programs, and the demand from manufacturers who use the recycled material to make new products exceeds the current supply.

EcoStar Recycling Facility Tour

EcoStar Recycling Facility located in Fitchburg, WI recycles beverage bottles as well as thermoforms from curbside recycling and turns them into flake and rollstock to become packaging again creating a closed loop. These materials contain100% post-consumer content for use in consumer packaging and food packaging.

CarbonLite: Inside the World's Largest Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant

CarbonLite is the world's largest "bottle-to-bottle" plastic recycling plant in Riverside, California. Take a look inside the state-of-the-art facility where billions of plastic bottles are churned on an annual basis. The process involves transforming old plastic bottles into PET pellets and flakes in order to produce new plastic bottles.

PetStar: Making the PET Container Sustainable

PetStar produced this video demonstrating how their recycling efforts in Mexico have a positive impact on the economy and environment.

Waste Management Single-Stream Recycling: Take a tour of our Philadelphia MRF

Recycling with single-stream technology is helping some communities recycle more waste from their garbage collection. Waste Management is on a mission to drive environmental performance with solutions that minimize waste, recycle valuable resources, and create renewable energy

An all-access pass to recycling in the Twin Cities

In a fast-paced, high-tech and sometimes high-temperature trip, KARE 11 News of Minneapolis Minnesota cameras show how used items are recycled into new ones.

Plastics Recycling in Duff's Kitchen

Plastics Make it Possible® has teamed up with celebrity chef and television personality Duff Goldman for the Duff's Kitchen video series, in which Duff shows you how plastics make it easy to help the environment by reducing food waste and packaging waste in the kitchen. In this video, Duff demonstrates how to apply fondant icing to a cake while recycling more everyday plastic food packaging. He also showcases some of the durable, stylish cooking tools that can be made with the plastics you recycle.

Taniya Nayak for Plastics Make it Possible - Recycling Outdoors

Designer Taniya Nayak performs an outdoor patio makeover, providing recycling tips and encouraging the use of items made from recycled plastic.

For the Kids - Teaching Kids About Recycling

Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled with LeVar Burton

Did you know that 70% of our trash can be recycled? Join Reading Rainbow while we celebrate Earth Day in this video field trip all about the life cycle of recycling.

Murray Monster Watches Milk Jug Recycling

Sesame Street's Murray Monster came to Sims Municipal Recycling's Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility to find out what happened to his milk jug after he put it in the recycling bin.