You would be surprised if you paid close attention to the amount of plastic in your life. It is everywhere: the soda bottles you drink from, your ID card, your regular shopping bags, the wrapping on your sandwich, and so on. In this era of awareness, it is imperative to realize that plastic is harmful to the environment. For this very reason, we must join hands and support the recycling of plastic waste. [Re] Waste provides innovative and amazing solutions for collecting plastic waste from businesses and transforming them into recycled plastic products. Our goal is to promote an eco-friendly environment through plastic recycling and our fulfillment of our Corporate Social Responsibility. The reuse of plastic waste offers numerous benefits to the world; it promotes a sustainable way of life with fewer damages to the environment. Not only will it solve land pollution but also have a positive impact on sea life. Also, we will save so many trees! The world will become a lot greener and the air we breathe a lot cleaner. A major example can be the mass amounts of litter we see dumped in our landfills. So much of that waste is plastic; what happens to it? It certainly does not decompose.
Besides being huge harm to the environment, plastic can disintegrate and find itself in the food web as well. This makes it a health hazard that causes diseases and disrupts immunity in humans and animals both.
Industrial Overview and Supply Chain
The entire process that goes into recovering, collecting, diverting, processing, and manufacturing recycled plastic is described in detail below.
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
MRFs are basically an entire process that separates the recyclable waste from the non-recyclable waste. In this case, it separates the plastic for recycling and can further be converted into finished products.
MRFs can be classified into Dirty MRFs and Clean MRFs. The former accept recyclable plastic material that is mixed with municipal solid waste. To separate the recyclable plastic from the entire waste there is a complete process involved that is a mixture of man-labor and machine work. On the other hand, the Clean MRFs accept already separated recyclable plastic for example collecting from commercial, residential, and educational sectors. In short, MRFs are a key contributor when it comes to reusing plastic. They sort the valuable plastic material and kickstart the new journey of the said material.
Fun fact: Besides plastic MRFs, there also exist paper MRFs in Canada. They gather, separate, and prepare recyclable paper materials that can be used to make paper products. For example, recycled cardboard/paper can be used to make egg cartons!
There is so much to learn about the recycle industry!
Plastic Processors and Manufacturing
The Processors are an essential part of the work. They purchase the sorted plastic from the Materials Recovery Facility and sell recycled plastic pellets. These are basically companies or even part of the public sectors that prepare the plastic material that will be sent to the marketplace to be further recycled. Plastic processing can be done in a variety of ways involving machines: compression molding, machining, extrusion, rotation molding, casting, and so on.
If we go into a little detail of compounding, the final process of recycling, it involves the transformation of the plastic waste into plastic pellets. The processors pelletize the recycled plastic which is then purchased and used by manufacturers to create recycled plastic products. To conclude, we must recognize that the finished products of this story originate from pellet processing. Thus, pellets are a crucial element to this story! The pellets are then purchased by big manufacturing companies which then go on to convert them into finished recycled plastic products.
The manufacturers are the ones who are responsible for converting pellets into final products.
List of things made from recycled plastic
●Plastic sheets- [Re] Waste has 100% recycled plastic shelves launching soon! Stay tuned for an interesting addition to our product line and don’t forget to visit our website.
● Trash bags
● Packing material in bulk
● Shampoo bottles
● Detergent bottles
● Traffic cones
How is plastic recycling done in Canada?
Mechanical recycling is the most used method of reusing plastic in Canada. It is a method that involves shredding the collected plastic and melting it into pellets.
The sad fact is that in Canada only nine percent of the total plastic waste is recycled which is around 3.3 million tones; undoubtedly that is a huge amount. Yet, we are one of the best countries to recycle in the world. So, we all must join hands and work hard in supporting this global cause. Standing together now will enable us to let Canada getone step closer to its aim of zero plastic waste by the year 2030. Not only will this fulfill a huge social responsibility but also be a huge economic benefactor: we can create wonderful recycled products just like we do at [Re] Waste. We are moving ahead with our mission to promote sustainable living and savethe world from the hazards of plastic. Our journey started with melting grocery bags and now we have moved to larger-scale manufacturing. We have even moved to work with companies from the cannabis, beauty, and food industry.
The government of Canada has been making numerous efforts to curb plastic waste. As responsible individuals and businesses, we must aid them in this cause. However, you must realize that this is not an easy task. Yet, we commit to it with complete dedication and commitment.
Did you know that in Canada most of the millions of tons of plastic waste is left untouched in landfills and the environment? At [Re] Waste our quest is to keep finding innovative ways to divert plastic waste from these landfills and turn them into reusable products. If any individual, or business need help in reaching their sustainability goals, then we at [Re] Waste are just a contact button away. You can reach out to us on our website!