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Environmental impact remains at the forefront of our minds
We aim to meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations.
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Did you know…
Flexible plastic can be the eco-friendliest packaging solution when disposed of correctly, along with its many benefits which include increased shelf life, decreased carbon footprint and recyclability.
Bulk Bags – Yes, your bulk bags can be recycled! Bulk bags are made from the widely recycled material, polypropylene. Bulk bags need to be grouped in 3 x different ‘types’ in order to be recycled. These types are detailed below.
Once the bags are grouped, they need to be baled ready for collection from a recognised bulk bag recycling centre, the bags are then sorted, cleaned, melted down & produced into pellets to begin the life cycle again as a new plastic product. This cycle can be repeated many times as polypropylene is safe to recycle multiple times.
Bulk bags can also be made at a 6:1 safety factor, which means they can be safely used multiple times. Rather than a standard bulk bags being only made for single use (Safety factor 5:1). Using multi trip bulks bags is a more eco-friendly option, with the bag still being able to be recycled after its multiple uses.
Clean, bright white, coloured stitching & handles
Not as clean, duller white, minimal stitching
Dirty or coloured bags
How a bulk bag is recycled...
All bulk bags are required to be sorted into types, such as, Type A, B & C of bulk bags, this makes collection a simple process for either a recycling centre or a Waste-to-Energy plant.
Once sorted, the bulk bags are then collected in tonne bales of the ‘Types’ and taken away to a specialist recycling centre.
A wash solution is added to water within a wash tank and is used to effectively get rid of all the contaminants in the plastic material, ensuring that all items are thoroughly clean and ready for the next step.
The bags are then fed into a machine which has sets of blades that shred through the material of the bag into small pieces.
The shredded pieces are then melted down and put through a machine called an ‘extruder’. This machine shapes the melted plastic into thick ‘noodle-like’ tubes, which are then cut into small pellets by a set of rotating blades.
The pellets are then ready to be used and made into new items. This loop can be repeated multiple times as polypropylene can be safety recycled many times.
What other packaging can be recycled?
Waste to Energy
How it works
The Bulk Bags which cannot be recycled are gathered into tonne bales and transported to an industrial plant, where the products are then burnt. The gas collected from the burning waste is then sent to the National Grid to provide electrical power across the country.