We have a recycling facility in our area, with several depots that serve as drop-off points for it. As to the effectiveness of the actual facility I can't say, but it's been open for years and I would assume if they haven't been shut down yet, they must be passing routine inspections.
We have several drop off points in town here for electronic waste which is treated much differently than your regular paper/glass/plastic/steel as it is harmful to us and the environment. These drop off points have also been running for years so I would also believe that they too are running properly.
So I guess overall we do have good recycling facilities in our area :)