Question of the Week: Clamshells at Sorting Facilities

June 18th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

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Question of the Week

Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) are locations where recyclable materials are sorted and separated. Where would plastic clamshells be sorted into?

Answer

The trash.

There are many reasons why clamshells are not accepted in MRFs: it is nearly impossible to check the material which they are made of, clamshells often have food contamination, which because of these facts, lead to clamshells having no market value as a recyclable material.

You can read more about why clamshells are considered trash on our Recycling Mythbusters blog post.

And congrats to Valeria Ursu for being this week’s winner of the Question of the Week!


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