Where does it go?

At Rabbit Recycling we hand sort and inspect every item and material that enters our shop. After inspection, the materials are generally organized into five broad categories: commodity, donation, upcycle, specialty, and deconstruction.

When you become a customer of Rabbit Recycling, we offer full transparency about what exactly happens to your materials when they leave the shop, just ask!


This is our largest category. Recyclables that fall under this category require large volumes or weight in order to be shipped locally and around the USA to end-users and processing facilities. This category includes items like soft and rigid plastic (including foams), e-waste, and paper. End users and manufacturing facilities use methods such as thermal decomposition, heat compression, distributed recycling, and others to create new products.


Rabbit Recycling donates to many different organizations, non-profits, and shelters that give back to the community. Some of them include:

  • Resource Exchange
  • PAWS
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Restore
  • Broad Street Ministry
  • Playbrary
  • Philly AIDS Thrift
  • Goodwill
  • Prevention Point


Materials that can be upcycled, repaired, or reused we offer to the community for free at the shop. Artists, craftspeople, hobbyists, and the general public are welcome to reach out to us to schedule a time to browse our materials.


Specialty items are typically sent out in smaller quantities. These recyclables are sent to companies that have facilities designed to deconstruct and repurpose, while also responsibly recovering any hazardous materials (e.g. light bulbs, smoke detectors, glassine liner, unusable scrap fabric).


Many items we get at the shop are made of different materials and need to be deconstructed in order for each piece to make it into the right stream. These items can range from empty floss containers to shower curtains.