How Plastic Bottles Are Really Recycled

I love recycling. I mean, it's the duty of every responsible citizen of Earth to leave your recyclables on the corner every Monday and Friday for the Recycling Fairy. She takes it away and turns it into fun, new—wait. Are we sure that's right?


So it turns out that recycling actually involves a super-complicated machinery and several purification steps to isolate the PET plastic and get it ready to be remade into whatever the hell is made out of recycled plastic. [Make]



Recycling anything except aluminum is consuming more energy than it puts out. Which is why recycling everything but alu is stupid and yet no one seems to notice.