What Happens To Our Recycling?

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updated June 2008

Westmont's recycling is picked up twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) by Mar Borg Industries and delivered to a sorting facility located in Goleta. This facility handles all the recycling from the Santa Barbara area.

 

Trucks are weighed on this scale upon arrival and departure.

Weigh

Recyclable materials are dumped into a sorting area where a crew of workers separate the larger cardboard pieces from the rest of the recycling (cardboard can obstruct other materials hidden underneath). Tractors push the piles of recycling towards the conveyor belt sorting area.

 

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Recyclables are fed up a conveyor belt to be sorted by a team of workers.

Conveyor

 

 

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Coffee Cups Cannot Be Recycled

 

On average, 90% of the materials on the conveyor belt can be recovered and recycled.

 

Unfortunately, non-recyclable materials such as styrofoam, clothing and disposable coffee cups are sent directly to the Tajiguas landfill.

 

 

Like materials are collected and then sent into a hydraulic press where they emerge as bundles to be sold. Plastics fetch the lowest prices, while metals such as copper wiring are sold for a high price.

Bundles of Bottles

Metal Bundle

Plastic Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like more information about MarBorg's recycling program or would like to schedule a tour, please contact them at inquiries@marborg.com.