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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Recycling

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Ever since the mass production of plastic in the 1950s, we have been manufacturing more than an estimated 9 billion tons of it. However, only 12% has so far been recycled and most people don’t know what to do with their old plastics when they’re done using them.
(Source: https://advances.sciencemag.org/)

Several reports and statistics have proved the devastating impact of plastic on marine life. About a truck full of plastic is dumped into the ocean every, single, minute! Which calculates up to 8 million tons of plastic each year, kills 1 million seabirds, and one hundred thousand sea mammals. (Source: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/)

Did you know that plastic can take more than 500 years to degrade?

The effect of using plastic every day will be much more than what we are facing today. However, recycling plastic can reduce the future negative impact on both us and the environment. Recycling is essential to reduce the need for virgin raw materials and create a balanced ecosystem.

Here are a few things that you should know about recycling:

  1. Crush Plastic Bottles

Plastic recycling experts suggest crushing the plastic bottle before discarding them to the recycling facility. Crushing the bottle beforehand prevents the bottle cap from shooting off during the crushing process.

  1. Recycling Can Save Energy

Manufacturing products from recycled materials can help save up to 50% of the energy cost required to make new materials. Recycling aluminium cans requires 95% less energy than manufacturing them from raw materials, saving about 40 barrels of oil. Besides, recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy for you to power a 60W light bulb for six hours.

  1. No Wishful Recycling

Wishful recycling is tossing away items that you thought could be recyclable but usually don’t. Most recycling facilities now see shower curtains, garden hoses, and even Christmas lights during the recycling process. If you are tossing such items into the recycling bin thing they will be recycled, you are probably wrong. These items get wrapped around the equipment at the recycling facility, resulting in performance hindrance. The facility has to shut down multiple times a day to break those items into pieces from the spinning machine and continue functioning.

  1. Don’t Put Plastic Bags in the Bin

Every material varies from one another. People often think that any product made of plastic can be tossed into the recycling bin. However, you should know that facilities have to segregate recyclable plastic and non-recyclable plastic before the process. Tossing non-recyclable plastic will only cause a delay in the recycling procedure. Recycling facilities urges everyone to understand whether the item can be recyclable or not. A better option is eliminating plastic bags and switching to other options like cloth or rag bags.

  1. Discard Plastic Bags in Collection Bins

Plastic bags usually get stuck into the recycling sorter. Sanitation companies staff often experience difficulty segregating plastic bags from the remaining recyclable material. You can offer them peace of mind by bringing those plastic bags to the grocery store. Grocery stores usually have collection bins that are meant for discarding plastic bags.

  1. Clamshell Packaging is Not Recyclable

Clamshell packaging is not designed for recycling purposes. These containers are made of highly valuable plastic and are usually contaminated with food waste. Besides, the energy required to recycle clamshell packaging is much more than manufacturing a new product. In such cases, seed broadcasters are your safest option.

  1. Plastic Forks, Spoons and Knives are Not Recyclable

Plastic forks, spoons, and knives are wishful recycling items. These cutleries are available in a variety of low-grade plastics, making it impossible for you to determine the type of plastic. Most recycling facilities don’t recycle such plastic cutleries and avoid taking them. You can still check with your local recycler whether they can recycle plastic cutleries.

  1. Keep the Caps Off

Recycling experts recommend keeping the bottle caps off when recycling. A plastic bottle is typically made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene. Since bottle caps are generally made out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), they will float above the surface.  The plastic bottles will sink below, making things easier for the recycling facilities.

Here at Plasmar, we are doing our bit to conserve nature by manufacturing recycled products. We have saved 17000+ tons of plastic from landfills in our 17+ years of a manufacturing career. From manufacturing recycled plastic fencing, plastic retaining wall sleepers to recycled plastic bollards, we can do it all! Be the change by calling us on (02) 9838 7346 today!