Of our house­hold waste

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Ex­ported to Africa for re­use – 27% Ex­ported to Eastern Europe for re­use – 5%

Ex­ported to Pak­istan for re­use – 7% Shoes ex­ported to Africa – 17% Shred­ding into flock for fill­ing ma­te­ri­als and in­su­la­tion etc – 22% In­dus­trial wipers – 21% Dis­carded as rub­bish – 1% Plas­tics are sorted, shred­ded, washed, melted and made into pel­lets. They are turned into:

Poly­eth­yl­ene bin lin­ers and car­rier bags Bot­tles and jars Floor­ing and win­dow frames Build­ing in­su­la­tion board Video and com­pact disc cas­settes Fenc­ing and gar­den fur­ni­ture Wa­ter butts, gar­den sheds and com­posters Seed trays Fleece Fi­bre fill­ing for sleep­ing bags and duvets

Of­fice ac­ces­sories

Glass is crushed and any con­tam­i­nants are re­moved. It is mixed with new glass and melted in a fur­nace be­fore be­ing moulded or blown into new bot­tles or jars or spun into glass wool in­su­la­tion.

Alu­minium and steel cans are melted down in huge fur­naces and turned into in­gots and coils that are used to pro­duce new prod­ucts – ev­ery­thing from pa­per­clips to gird­ers for build­ing bridges.

News­pa­pers and mag­a­zines are pulped and mixed with fresh wood pulp to be used for newsprint. News­pa­pers in the UK con­tain around 78 per cent re­cy­cled pa­per.

UK tis­sue mills use about half-amil­lion tonnes per year of high grade re­cy­cled pa­per. has emp­tied the items into the rel­e­vant ar­eas. Com­par­ing the two weights gives the to­tal amount of re­cy­cling col­lected.

The items are then sorted into cat­e­gories, by ma­chines and staff, be­fore be­ing col­lected by ex­ter­nal com­pa­nies and taken to re­cy­cling plants which can process the plas­tics, pa­pers, met­als and other re­us­able ma­te­ri­als for use in man­u­fac­tur­ing.

The de­pot was in­cred­i­bly busy but strangely peace­ful and, de­spite the 29-de­gree heat, did not smell even slightly.

District coun­cils are re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing house­hold waste and county coun­cils are re­spon­si­ble for dis­pos­ing of it, through re­cy­cling, dump­ing into land­fill tips and in­cin­er­a­tion. The Bucks Waste Part­ner­ship was set up re­cently, with four district coun­cils work­ing with Bucks County Coun­cil. Its plans for the fu­ture in­clude burn­ing land­fill waste to pro­duce elec­tric­ity.

Chiltern and Wy­combe coun­cils are op­ti­mistic about hit­ting the 60 per cent re­cy­cling tar­get next year, thanks to the work of their crews and peo­ple re­cy­cling more waste.

Chiltern’s cabi­net mem­ber for waste and cus­tomer ser­vices, Coun­cil­lor Peter Martin, said: “It’s en­cour­ag­ing that our res­i­dents are ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic about re­cy­cling, but they want more, such as re­cy­cling su­per­mar­ket car­rier bags. They’re do­ing all they can to re­cy­cle, which is great.

“The joint part­ner­ship is go­ing re­ally well and we’ve en­joyed work­ing with Wy­combe and Serco. Long may it con­tinue.”

READY TO GO: A bale of pa­per about to be ejected from the pack­ing ma­chine

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.