They were able to see the process for recycling plastics, metals, glass, appliances, TVs and computer screens. Students saw the actual process of collecting, sorting and packaging recyclable materials from all of Centre County.
Amy Schirf, the tour leader, reviewed the process that collects and reuses these items. Typically the site processes 400 tons of trash a day. Collected items such as cardboard, aluminum, steel and plastic are then sold to companies that can reuse them. Recycled steel is made into automotive parts; aluminum into baseball bats; plastic into clothing, polar fleeces and sneakers; various metals into cans; and wood into paper. All non-recyclable trash is taken to a landfill in Elk County.