We are able to collect the following recyclable materials:
Plastics 1-7. Washed, not squashed and lids off.
Steel tins and aluminium cans. Washed.
Clean aluminium foil.
Glass bottles and jars. Washed with the lids off.
Clean paper and cardboard. For example office paper, magazines, newspaper, egg cartons, cereal boxes, envelopes.
Select clients may have other materials collected, this is by arrangement with Smart Environmental Ltd
What happens to our Recycling?
The example in the diagram below displays the process flow for plastics recycling.
Step1: Plastics are collected from kerbside and sorted at the maerial recovery facility.
Step2: Once sorted the plastic is squashed tightly into bales and transported to a reprocessing factory where the plastic is cut up into small
flakes about the size of a colourful paper clip. The flakes are washed to remove any dirt and labels and then they are dried.
Step3: Flakes are broken down into smaller pellets/fibres
Step4: The clean plastic flakes are then sent to factories where they are melted down and made into new items such as fiber which can be
Step5: Recycled plastic can be made into all sorts of new products including outdoor furniture, promotional key rings, photo frames, drain
pipes and even fashion clothing.
Paper & Cardboard
Paper comes in many grades. In our region we collect mixed paper which includes -newpapers, magazines, tissues, office paper and general stationary etc.
Paper is then baled and on sold to recyclers all over the globe
Paper is resorted by grade and then cleaned /pulped and turned back in to Paper products.
Plastic recycling flow
Recycling in Rotorua is collected in a crate from the kerbside. Glass is stored in one crate and is not mixed with other recycling
The collector separates the glass by colour at kerbside , and the glass is kept separate in separate storage bays in the recycling truck
When the truck is full, the colour sorted glass is dropped off to the glass storage bunkers and then sent on to O-I glass, to be turned back into bottles.