Importance of Plastic Recycling
Many organisations, from waste management providers to governments, have a zero waste to landfill policy, reinforcing the use of alternative, eco-friendly disposal methods as listed by The Waste Hierarchy.
See more: Zero Waste to Landfill – What Does it Mean?
Recycling any material, where possible, is fundamental to the environment, however recycling plastic has specific benefits. Plastic can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, between 500-1000 years for some types (!), meaning it takes up landfill space and pollutes the environment for longer. Also, recycling plastic can conserve limited natural resources and energy; as plastic is made from oil, the more plastic that is recycled and the less that is made from raw materials, the more oil is conserved.
Unfortunately, plastic does not suit all eco-friendly disposal solutions. For example, not all plastic is widely recyclable and energy from incineration is not possible as burning plastics releases harmful gases.
How is Plastic Recycled?
Before being recycled, plastics are sorted according to their resin type, either manually or using mechanised automated processes, or even by colour. Following sorting, there are two main ways to recycle plastic; mechanical recycling, where plastic is washed, ground and melted, or chemical recycling, whereby plastic is broken down into monomers to form new polymers to be reused.
Here at SL Recycling, we process hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic each year, bailing waste and transporting plastic to our partners for effective recycling. Because of our efficient recycling, we can supply plastic raw materials as well as a range of recycled plastics.
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