Reduce, reuse, recycle. We've all heard that phrase, but do you follow it?
Where does all that recycled material go instead of ending up in a landfill?
With about 10 different locations in both Scott and Rock Island county, officials say they want to make it easy for those that don't have recycling options.
"It does take your time, it does take a minute to sort out your recyclables and bring them out to us but the truth is, it's only a minute, it doesn't take you that long and we try to make it really convenient so that you don't have to drive really far in Scott county,” said Brandy Welvaert, communication coordinator.
After you drop off your recyclable items, it goes to the Scott county recycling center where it gets processed.
"We get that material whether that's by the city collection or its people that do use our drop off, drop off areas and they do their own sorting and drop off and both of those cases we are getting the material and what we do here, he finish the processing we are sorting the material further down," said Welvaert.
Workers at the center sort the materials and the machines compact the items. Those compacted recyclables are then sold to companies looking to turn it into something else. Companies will then use those bales to make things like carpet, like the one in the learning center located inside the Scott county recycling center.
“Everybody has heard that one man's trash becomes another man's treasure, that's definitely true at the recycling center” said Welvaert.