Wherever you live, unless it’s a cave in Timbuktu, you will be keenly aware of the importance of recycling and how almost everything can be repurposed to ensure that it does not go to landfill. The importance of this was made even more prominent by the recent news in this article in The Engineer that we are actually mining past landfill sites for resources. Many of us are unsure of exactly what happens to our waste once it gets to a recycling depot and how it becomes a brand new product again.
As a leading supplier of waste collection in Falkirk we are hugely experienced in recycling waste and thought that we would put together this little blog on how the 3 most common waste types are converted from waste to useable products again;
Paper is one of the most abundant types of waste and thankfully it is one of the easiest types of waste to recycle. The waste paper is combined with water and reduced to a pulp in huge pulping machines. This pulp is then simply rolled to a desired consistency and heat dried, whereupon it is then ready to be used again. This recycled paper often has to be bleached in order for it to become the desirable white again.
The above video gives you a really great and easily digestible explanation of how plastic bottles are recycled. On the whole plastics are cleaned then shredded and melted down to pellets that are then used to form new plastic products. Most types of plastic can be recycled, but due to their chemical composition some require a different process.
There are a couple of different ways in which wood is recycled; firstly it can simply be repurposed by cutting it into a new shape and using it for another purpose. The most popular way to reuse wood though is to shred it down and make it into what is known as chipboard or MDF. The process involves compressing the shredded wood into sheets, usually held together by the natural wood sap or an inserted adhesive.
We hope this short and sweet article has helped you to better understand a little more about what happens to your waste. If you have any questions on any of the services that we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.