With more and more focus being placed on making people aware of the need to recycle plastics, you may be wondering how exactly this actually happens. What is involved in the process of recycling plastic and how can you play your part? Let us shed some light on this for you.
According to the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO), the average South African generates a total of 2.04 kg of rubbish, including plastic, each day. This adds up to ¾ tons of solid waste each year. We are responsible for recycling as much of the waste that we produce as we possibly can, which in turn benefits our environment. Depending on the type of plastic, there are a number of different ways in which recycling takes place. Essentially, the recycling of plastic products consists of:
- Sorting the items into materials and colours
- Reducing the size of the items
- Cleaning the materials that have now been sorted
- Processing the material into a format that can be fed directly into the converter’s equipment
By recycling plastic items, we can ensure that we do no further damage to the environment by reducing the processes involved in making new plastic items from scratch as well as reducing the amount of plastic that goes into landfills. Once our plastic items have been recycled they can be used to make other plastic products.
You may be wondering what items can be recycled, and the best way to determine this is to look out for the recycling logo on your plastic items. Be sure to separate your items before throwing them away, making it easier for pickers to sort the rubbish once it has been collected from you. Having two dustbins, one for waste and one for plastic recycling is the best and easiest way to do this. With so many recycling initiatives in place it is no longer inconvenient to recycle and many South African recycling companies have been able to create jobs through collecting and sorting items that can be recycled. Follow these three steps to ensure you are doing all you can to recycle at home:
- Get in touch with your local municipality to see if there are any kerbside collection schemes happening in your area, and if there are, how you can get involved.
- Use Google to find out what you can recycle and where you can do this (E.g. at schools, your local supermarket or designated points). Make recycling part of your weekly shop or school drop.
- Sorting your waste before throwing it away ensures that everything that can be recycled is separated out. Rinse your plastic items before throwing them away to make the recycling process even easier.
Here at Platex, we encourage all our customers to recycle their plastic items and do their bit to help the environment, just as we are doing our bit by producing plastic products that can be recycled. We are also recycling over 95% of our in-plant waste for re-use. This means we produce very little nett wastage and thus limit our contribution to the growing pile of plastic that ends up in landfills or the oceans. Platex is committed to producing quality products that do as little harm to the environment as possible and is proud to offer these products to our customers. We ask you to do the same when you have finished using the plastic item or packaging.
“When you put the whole picture together, recycling is the right thing to do.”- Pam Shoemaker, Author.
Categorised in: Recycling
This post was written by @dmin2018