Anonymous asked in EnvironmentConservation · 2 months ago

Don't landfills have machines that sort recyclables?

So why bother with separating waste ourselves? 

8 Answers

  • Willie
    Lv 7
    5 days ago

    No, but people go there and pick whatever they feel is worth some money.

  • 2 weeks ago

    They only sort the pre-sorted garbage. Besides, how lazy can you be not to pre-sort your garbage?

  • 3 weeks ago

    Some do, most don't. They do exist, but are not common.

    Sorting recyclables out of a consolidated waste stream (unsorted trash), is expensive and not very effective. Plus it's gross, because that waste includes rotten food and other junk. 

    It's much more effective to have source-separated recyclables. Even then, the "machines" that can separate waste are limited. You can use a magnet to separate ferrous metals, and maybe there are some other mechanizations possible. But most MRFs (materials recovery facilities) do it largely by hand, with sorters and conveyors. It's not a nice job. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I've never seen a landfill with such facilities. Plus you can make descent money bringing

    your empty bottles and/or cans to a recycling center while helping save the environment. 

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  • 2 months ago

    No, landfills don't have such machinery.

    Commercial recycling facilities that specialize in a particular category of materials do, but only for the material they specialize in.

    Everything else is done by hand - either yours, or those of a waste management employee.

  • 2 months ago

    Negative. That machinery exists but it is rather expensive. In my area, some townships collect commingled recyclables and some require you to sort. THEORETICALLY, you could have mechanical sorting of most of the recyclables mixed with the rest of the refuse. You would never recover the cost of the machinery by selling the recyclables.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No they don't.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No. That’s all done by hand. 

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