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How Recycling Balers Save The Environment

Filed under - Balers
May 14, 2019

Recycling balers are used by waste management companies to transport recyclable materials to be reused saving on production costs and reducing our carbon footprint.  Landfills are reaching the point where they are overspilling into our everyday lives. In America, it is estimated that there are only 18 years of landfill capacity left before trash is uncontrollable.  Luxurious holiday destinations such as the Maldives hide a very dirty secret of piles of rubbish in the areas tourists do not see.

Waste affects the environment in many different ways due to the way the rubbish breaks down or doesn’t in some cases.  Landfill sites pollute the surrounding areas by emitting gasses such as methane, attracting vermin, spelling terrible and looking like an eyesore. Plastic takes 1000 years to decompose and we use lots of it so our legacy for the future will be unsightly plastic littering the world.

Recycling balers transform piles of recyclable waste into solid manageable blocks making storage and transportation easier.  The rest of Europe is managing to recycle over 50% of their waste while the UK is seriously lagging behind and only managing to recycle 17%. Recycling is also poor in America too.

What Are Recycling Balers Used For?

Recycling balers collate loose recyclable waste and compact it into blocks.  This makes it easy to transport and store the rubbish. Recyclable materials include; plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and metal.  Sorting out recyclable materials from non-recyclable reduces the amount of waste put into landfill and energy used to produce the materials from scratch.

Approximately 60% of all household rubbish is recyclable and 50% of the waste in the average dustbin could be composted. We produce a phenomenal amount of waste which requires transportation to landfill sites and recycling centres.  Compacting recyclable waste makes it take up less space allowing larger quantities to be transported. Reducing the number of vehicles also reduces the carbon footprint making recycling even more environmentally friendly. (Source: http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/facts.html)

Why Are The British Rubbish At Recycling?

It seems that the whole of Europe has really got to grips with recycling with most households successfully recycling 50% of their waste.  Brits, on the other hand, are only managing to recycle 17% of their waste which is well below the expected target. The Americans are not much better and have a poor record of recycling.  The question is why are the British so bad at recycling?

Recycling is not a new idea we have been doing it for centuries with increasing dedication in the 1970s.  Glass milk and fizzy pop bottles have been recycled for years with children topping up their pocket money every time they returned a bottle to the shop.  Recycling was quite straight forward in the past due to less packaging and people being in the habit of using shopping bags. These days food packages mix different types of materials together making sorting them really confusing.  The need for food companies to package and label virtually every type of food including fruit and veg has to have a barcode.

According to an article in the Express, we Brits are simply confused and don’t really know which waste goes into which bin.  Whether this is true or not most of us really want to help to save the environment but are simply not very good at it.  Maybe clearer food labeling will make it easier for people to know if their plastic, glass, cardboard or metal waste is actually recyclable.  All recycling centres have a list of exceptions which is really confusing.
If you are interested in adding recycling balers to your waste disposal business contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.