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How to recycle plastics responsibly

According to the British Plastics Federation, ‘recycling rates in the UK have come a long way in recent years and continue to grow year on year. For example, in the year 2000 only 13,000 tonnes of plastic bottles got recycled; the UK now recycles over 350,000 tonnes a year’. There is now so much focus on the damage that plastic has on the environment, that there is now so much pressure on businesses to reduce the amount of plastic they use and to recycle plastic responsibly.

Plastic used to be non-biodegradable which meant that it did not decompose naturally over time. There are many different types of plastic and it can be confusing for businesses to know which plastics can be recycled and which can’t, and the rules governing which plastics can be recycled varies from place to place. Plastic is recycled by melting it down, separating the different plastic polymers and creating pellets which are then used to create new products.

Why your business should recycle plastic responsibly

  • There are a number of advantages for your business to recycle plastic responsibly which include:
    being environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill and reducing your business’s carbon footprint
  • enhances your business reputation within your industry and business community as well as the general public
  • helps to increase staff morale
  • reduces your waste disposal costs and it does not have to be expensive to organise
  • can create an additional income stream for your business

Duty of care

Every business has a duty of care to make sure its plastic waste is recycled and transported safely and securely, and in a way that does not adversely affect people and the environment. So, it is the responsibility of your business to ensure it is using a reputable waste management company and check they have the appropriate licenses and find out where they send or deliver your plastic recycling to so that it is recycled responsibly.

So just how does a business recycle plastics responsibly?

Using a reputable waste management company will help you work out the best cost-effective solution for your business. You can rent or purchase or rent a baler (or another cost-effective solution could be to buy a reconditioned second-hand baler) which can be used to compact and separate plastic into neat separate bales of waste. These are easier to recycle and transport which saves your business money. There are vertical balers , that are fast and powerful which are perfect for small and medium amounts of plastic to recycle, and semi or fully automated horizontal balers for large amounts of recycling.

You can create an additional income stream for your business by selling the bales of plastic to a recycling business. Alternatively, there are instances where a baler can be supplied for free and the bales taken away for free thereby substantially reducing your business costs.

Contact us to speak to one of our experts who can help you work out the best way to recycle plastic for your business.

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