New York City fills recycle bins with tons and tons of discarded paper. That cast-off fiber lives to serve another day, thanks to the wonders of recycling. NYC Sanitation's director of photography Michael Anton followed that voyage from start to finish, creating this beautiful timelapse of the process.

Maybe it's the upbeat Duke Ellington music, or the sight of those trash barges bobbing pleasantly in the river, but watching cast-off paper get turned into bright, clean, brand-new product put a smile on my face. It's nice to see the stuff get a second chance. [NYC Sanitation on YouTube via Digg]