What happens to recyclables I put in my blue cart?

The City of Durham contracts with Sonoco Recycling in Raleigh to process all recyclables. Most local municipalities and counties either use Sonoco or Recycle America. We collect the contents of your blue cart curbside, deliver them to the City’s Transfer Station on E. Club Blvd, where it is all loaded into trailers and delivered to Sonoco for processing (sorting, and removal of unacceptable items). Sonoco has a combination of machines and people sorting the recyclables, and once sorted, they are bundled and sold to be reused/recycled. This video takes you on a tour of Sonoco’s facility: https://youtu.be/zN9BYsnVwHM

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1. Where can I find my collection day?
2. What size roll out carts do you offer?
3. Where should I place my carts for collection service?
4. How do I get my damaged cart fixed?
5. How many carts are allowed per household?
6. Why was my garbage or recycling collection missed today?
7. Can you start collecting recycling every week instead of every two weeks?
8. How can I be a better recycler?
9. What happens to recyclables I put in my blue cart?
10. How do I dispose of large items that do not fit in my cart?
11. What should I do with construction and other materials?
12. I live in an apartment complex or townhome; do I receive collection services from the city?