Consider the lowly soda can. After the pop, the fizz, the guzzle, it’s dumped into a recycling bin and chucked curbside with the rest of the trash. But just as it has reached a sort of existential low point — empty, forgotten, discarded — voila! The can transforms into a thing of beauty. Photojournalist Huguette Roe captures that metamorphosis in her series “Recycle,” which explores the afterlife of bottles, cans and other packaging destined to be reborn for reuse. Over the course of two years, the Belgian-born, U.S.-based Roe visited more than 100 recycling centers in the U.S. and France, photographing bales of recyclables, sorted and smashed together for the journey to the processing plant.
Photo: Huguette Roe