What makes something recyclable?

Virtually any material has some recycling potential, but potential isn’t enough. There has to be a company out there who’s willing to buy it and turn it into something else. If there’s no company willing to buy it and recycle it, then by definition, it is not recyclable. And even when there is a company, we still have to be able to get that material to them in the condition they require, in the volumes they require, and on the schedule they need. We compete with other recycling facilities for these markets. This also means that the better job each of us does sticking to the rules of thumb for recycling, the higher the quality of the product RI can produce, and the more competitive RI can be.