SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Learn what items can be recycled

Monday, January 13, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:23 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 17, 2014

COLUMBIA — Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to

The records: The Columbia Public Works Department provides an in-depth look at the process of recycling materials and the requirements for materials that can be recycled.

Why you'd want them: Columbia residents who are interested in what happens to materials they recycle can find out more about the recycling process inside the Material Recovery Facility. The report goes through each step of the process from the time materials are dropped off at the facility, containers and fibers sorted, glass crushed and  recyclables eventually compacted into tight bales that are then sold and shipped to buyers.

Where you get the records: Go to and look for "Material Recovery Facility Operations" under the heading "Other City Recycling Programs." The link will open as a PDF.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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