The City of Springfield has competitively bid contracts in place with several local recycling businesses for items collected at all City-managed recycling facilities.
MIXED PAPER: New American Recycling
Mixed paper materials go to New American Recycling, here in Springfield.
CARDBOARD: New American Recycling
Cardboard materials also go to New American Recycling. It is processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into new cardboard products or boxboard (cereal box material) containers or similar packing materials.
PLASTICS: New American Recycling
Plastic items also go to New American Recycling where they are processed and marketed to companies that manufacture products like carpet, clothing, composite decking and other building materials and consumer products.
TIN/STEEL: Commercial Metals
Tin and steel materials go to Commercial Metals, also located in Springfield. They are processed and marketed to companies that recycle it into new aluminum and steel products.
GLASS: Ripple Glass
Glass goes to Kansas City-based Ripple Glass where it is processed and sold to Owens-Corning and is used to make "pink panther" fiberglass construction insulation. Some glass is also recycled into new bottle beverage containers.