Resource Recovery - Recology
Resource Recovery

How Recology Thinks About Resources

What you might consider trash, Recology calls resources – just a simple change in perspective. This is why we describe what we do as resource recovery.

Recology implements recycling programs and builds infrastructure at its facilities to recover recyclables and reduce landfill-bound materials. By seeking out and utilizing new technology systems to sort and extract materials, we’re able to return organic materials to farms as compost, and provide recycled raw materials (such as plastic or aluminum) to manufacturers.

While you’re collecting your food scraps and yard trimmings, and accumulating your recyclables, Recology is engineering and developing programs and services to recover and reuse both. Take a simple plastic bottle, for example. These plastics can be recycled through the collection and recovery systems at Recology, and made into new products, like jackets made from these recycled plastic bottles. You might even see your old furniture as part of an art installation one day. This recovery process is crucial in reducing the impact of waste on our environment, and moving beyond waste.

Want to know how Recology can help you increase your recycling and composting efforts at your home or business? Learn how.

About The Resources Recology Recovered


Recycling Services

On average, Recology recovers over 600 million pounds of recyclables each year, and we’re continuously researching ways to recycle more items to be made into new products. Our latest engineering effort has been in planning, designing and implementing a system constructed to collect and recycle “film plastics” – which are used to make items like grocery bags. Historically, film plastics were a hard-to-recycle item with little to no end-market. Recology is working to change this.


Composting Services

Recology designed and built the first large scale compost facility in California in 1996. Today, Recology recovers food scraps and yard trimmings that are disposed of, and from this material manufactures over 1 billion pounds of compost annually. The compost Recology makes from your organic materials are then used by local farmers to grow food, which is returned to you in the form of fresh produce, grains, or even wine. In 2013, Recology sold 296 million pounds of compost in California alone. Learn more about our compost by visiting Recology Organics.