Manufacturers purchase recycled materials for uses in paper, playgrounds, roads and carpeting. While the EPA sets limits on where recycled materials can be used, there are a wide variety of products that can be made from the materials that help reduce waste and the strains on the environment.
Most states have recycling programs that collect plastic, glass and paper from the homes of their residents. These materials are taken to recycling centers and then sold to manufacturers.
One common item that is reused is paper. Paper mills by newspaper in bulk and then process it into new paper. The newspaper is taken to a facility and stripped of its ink, turned into pulp, screened to take out imperfections, mixed with new pulp made from wood and then pressed into new reams of paper.