When you recycle your old plastics, papers, and cardboard, it will eventually make it back to store shelves. Just how that happens is a bit of a mystery, but the company that handles recycling in Alton says it is a well thought-out and technical process that enables them to get the items back into circulation.

Republic Services, which has 27,000 commercial and industrial accounts in the St. Louis region, including Alton, has just invested $19-million in revolutionizing its recycling centers in North and South St. Louis County. The machinery involved includes a series of conveyor belts, screens, magnets, and infrared scanners. Brent Batliner, Business Development Recycling Manager, says recycling ultimately drives costs down.

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Republic Services, which has 27,000 commercial and industrial accounts in the St. Louis region, is expected to triple its recycling capacity to as much as 30 tons per hour with the new upgrades. The company expects to hire up to 20 new local employees when renovations are complete.

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