We have a source separated recycling program at Auburn University. There are separate bins for recycling mixed paper and recycling mixed containers (plastic bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans), along with dumpsters for recycling cardboard. There are options to dispose of other special wastes.
After you put your paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and steel cans into the appropriate recycling bin, it is collected, sent to recycling facilities then on to manufacturers where new products are created from recycled goods. When you purchase products made from recycled materials you are “closing the loop”.