Facilitating Plastic Recycling
What Do You Mean – “Facilitate” ?
The dictionary definition of facilitate is “to make easy, promote, help forward” and this is what Storm Recycling are doing. Facilitating plastic recycling.
By identifying and locating plastics in the waste stream and locating suitable plastic recycling partners across the country and matching the two together, we hope to increase the volumes of plastics being recycled and minimise the environmental impact of that recycling.
Plastic Waste = 90% Fresh Air
Anyone involved in plastic recycling will know that plastic waste is 90% fresh air. Therefore transporting plastic long distances to be recycled is both environmentally and economically questionable.
There are 100’s of different plastic types (not just the 7 that show in the recycling symbols). Each plastic type is generally incompatible with the next which means they MUST be properly segregated if they are to be effectively recycled.
This is why your local authority only allows you to put certain types of plastics into your recycling bin at home. It is also the reason why we get so many enquiries from people with smaller volumes of plastic available for recycling. People who struggle to find someone to take their plastics even though they are often willing to pay to send it somewhere for it to be recycled.
The Circular Economy will aim to re-design plastic packaging so that ALL packaging is recyclable or compostable and nothing will become waste.
Recycling vs Facilitating
There are many “plastic recycling” companies across the UK.
Like in any other industry they vary in their size and in the complexity of the plastic recycling services they offer.
Some examples of plastic recycling companies could be:-
- Collector / Baler – in its simplest form the collecting of plastic waste and baling it up. Baling makes it more economical to ship by increasing load weight.
- Small Recycler – a small plastic recycling company may have a baler and one or more relatively small plastic granulation machines. They will often work locally within a given radius, collecting waste plastics and processing them into a granulate.
- Large Recycler – a large plastic recycling company may have invested in larger more heavy duty equipment that will enable them to recycle a more diverse range of plastic products and at a much higher throughput.
- Recycling / Compounder – a recycling compounder is likely to have some of the above equipment but also invested in plastic compounding equipment that melts polymers enabling them to produce recycled plastic compounds / pellets.
Each of these plastic recyclers play a part in the plastic recycling cycle but each has its plus points and limitations.
By facilitating plastic recycling rather than doing the physical recycling Storm Recycling are able to utilise the best points of each recycling company. Ensuring more plastics get recycled by matching the right plastics in the right location to the right recycler for the job.
UK Plastic Recycling Network
By working in partnership with smaller localised plastic recycling companies, Storm Recycling Ltd are facilitating plastic recycling and increasing the volumes of plastics recycled in the UK.
Making Plastics Recycling Happen
All in all, by facilitating plastic recycling Storm Recycling are “Making Plastic Recycling Happen” in the UK.