Plastic Waste Recycling Sittingbourne
Plastic waste is generated at a pace of 381 million tonnes per year around the world, and with the amount expected to increase by 2034, which makes recycling plastic critical. To help your company play its role in plastic recycling, contact us here at Sittingbourne Waste. We are a certified and renowned waste recycling company with a goal to divert all waste we collect from ending up in landfills. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we are your best bet at managing your waste.
Our location allows for convenient access to all businesses in and around Sittingbourne, allowing for efficient recycling and waste collection. We not only serve local businesses and industries, but we also have a national footprint, reducing the need for more landfill space in our country.
What is Plastic Recycling?
Recycling of plastic is an important process in the production of plastics. Plastic recycling involves collecting waste plastics and repurposing them into new and useful plastic items. Globally, plastic is used and produced in excess of one trillion pounds. Fortunately, these vast amounts of plastic can be recycled, so they won’t end up in landfills and our oceans or rivers and dams. Rather than discarding the plastics, you can recycle them to create new ones.
Our consumption of plastic has increased by around 20 times since 50 years ago; today we use 20 times the amount of plastic we did then. Considering its widespread use and popularity and the fact that it does not decompose, unlike other waste materials, it is imperative to dispose of it correctly and ethically once it has become waste. Also, the life of plastics can be extended when we reuse and recycle products to the greatest extent possible.
How is Plastic Recycled?
We use a lot of plastic because it is a popular and versatile material. We may lessen our demand for new plastic by extending the life of plastics by reusing and recycling goods as many times as possible, for example, by recycling used plastic bottles into new ones. The plastic recycling process involves:
- Sorting based on polymer type
- And washed
- Then melted
- And blown up to make new plastic bottles
All in all, plastic recycling is a two-step procedure. Sometimes, the plastic comes with all other kinds of pollutants that need to be removed. Many of the pollutants are removed by automated means, but there is a hand sort to confirm that all pollutants have been removed. Once the plastic has been sorted and cleaned before being moulded into new goods, it can be shredded or melted into pellets. This makes the meling to create new plastics easier.
Some Issues Related to Plastic Recycling
Various types of plastic are in use in the UK, some of which can be recycled, but other types require new technologies before they can be recycled successfully, such as the plastic used to produce flexible pouches. Consequently, some plastic will still end up in landfills, while others will be burned or exported for recycling. It won’t be long before the UK has a more efficient recycling system in place for all types of plastic packaging as large investments are being made to help the plastic recycling industry deal with the variety of plastics in usage.