Simple recycling facts you may not know

Plas-Pak (WA) understands the utmost importance of recycling plastic.

Did you know that if you recycled one plastic drink bottle, the energy saved would be able to power a computer for 25 minutes? Thinking of burning the plastic in an incinerator? Should you recycle it, you will save twice the amount of energy[1]. When plastic, made from non-renewable resources, decomposes it produces methane gas. Methane gas represents up to 4% of emissions from landfill. What is more – plastic is not bio-degradable and will survive for hundreds of years[2].

Many local governments are currently lodging programs to minimise the amount of waste that ends up in their landfills.

 

Plastics come in different types, which are determined by their molecular make-up and shape. You can identify plastics by looking at the Plastic Identification Code that is stamped on the final product. This code indicates the type of resin that it contains. Have you ever wondered what the triangle on the plastic packaging is about? That is actually the Plastic Identification Code.

 

 How to recycle your plastic

 

  •  Return your plastic shopping bags to your supermarket for recycling.
  •  Please cut rings from bottle necks and six-pack holders. Animals may get hold of them and die a slow, agonising and suffocating death.
  •  Most of us have a recycling bin at home. Don’t leave the tops on the plastic bottles, as the tops are often not the same type of plastic than the bottle, and the staff at the recycling venue won’t be removing the lids.
  •  Please do not recycle plastic bags, bin liners and cling wrap in your recycle bin. It often gets stuck in the sorting equipment causing damage to the machines.
  •  Polystyrene foam, spongy black foam trays, some takeaway containers, and hot drink cups are not recyclable. Disposable nappies and syringes are also not made for the recycling industry.

 

Please check the Plastic Identification Code on your item. Most councils will only recycle numbers. 1, 2 and 3. Many councils have also extended their recycling programs to include numbers. 4-7, but it is important that you take the time and check with your council, or have a look at the inside of your bin.

 

Plas-Pak (WA) are committed to designing packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable. It is important to us that households and away-from-home sources increase the recovery and recycling of used packaging.

Plas-Pak (WA) believes in Recycling Plastics

At Plas-Pak (WA), we believe that we have a responsibility to our environment. Our business policies and procedures govern the minimization of waste and conservation of energy wherever possible.

We signed the Australian Packaging Covenant, which is a sustainable packaging initiative that aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.

We are committed to educating our clients/business partners and the end users of our products of the different ways to minimise their waste.

Also read our previous article where we also mentioned the threat that plastics are posing to the ocean.

[1] https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf

[2] https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf

 

If we all take responsibility and work together, we can make a difference.