One third of municipal solid waste in the US is recycled. This is thanks to some pretty advanced technology and this number is climbing. As someone who feels like I am my clients’ own personal recycling sorting plant at times, I geek out on the tech behind recycling. Popular Science has very simply diagramed the 11-step system that painstaking separates our magazines, water bottles, and food containers. It’s like a mechanical Kacy (minus the diplomatic demeanor, eagle eye for solutions, and encouraging pep talks)! Read Popular Science’s How it Works: Inside the Machine That Separates Your Recyclables.