Large items such as beer crates, bulk bags, or plastic pallets won’t be permitted in your commercial general waste collection.
Your regular waste management company will be able to provide a separate bin for your plastics to be recycled instead.
It’s better to recycle your plastic, not just for the environment, but it can help reduce your waste management costs.
It is also a legal requirement to recycle your waste when possible; otherwise, you could face a fine.
Why recycling plastic is important
Businesses are legally required to keep their waste to a minimum by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
If you do not dispose of your waste correctly, you could risk being fined by your local Environmental Health department.
Besides the fact that it is a legal requirement, we’re all aware, that plastic is detrimental to the environment.
A recent UN report found more than 800 species are at harm due to marine debris, costing countries millions.
It’s no wonder when around 8 million tons of plastic is poured into the oceans, every year.
It can take over 400 years for plastic to degrade which means it continues to harm animals and increase carbon emissions, which leads to climate change.
And climate change effects everyone.
How plastic is recycled
The typical way plastic is recycled, is mechanical.
Plastic waste is brought to recycling centres which separates plastics from non-plastic items and then by the type of plastic.
Sorting equipment is used for this before it is washed, shredded, and sorted. It is then melted and extruded into plastic pellets and the pellets are sold to make new products.
While it is much better to recycle plastic than to send it to landfill, it does still have its problems.
Using this mechanical method means the quality of the plastic degrades every time it is remoulded. It is also not possible for all plastic to be recycled and it may depend on your local facility and if they have the resources to recycle certain plastics.
This can only continue a certain number of times before it is unable to be used again.
There are now other ways to recycle plastic that tackles this disadvantage.
Chemical recycling breaks down the plastic and can recycle types of plastic that can’t usually be recycled. The chemical process turns the plastic back into oil which can then be made into plastic again.
This process can be done over and over again without the quality of the plastic degrading and becoming unusable.
The benefits of recycling plastic
While sorting your waste may seem like another chore for your business, it can be worth this extra effort.
More and more businesses are swapping their plastic for more sustainable materials.
It may not be possible at the moment to completely eliminate plastic from your business but you can ensure it is recycled.
Increasing amounts of consumers are choosing sustainable businesses, with 32% of consumers highly engaged with adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
This is particularly true for Gen Z, as 45% stopped purchasing from a brand because of ethical or sustainability concerns.
If your business shows it is concerned about its impact on the environment, it can attract more consumers and lead to higher sales.
It is cheaper to recycle than to send items to landfill. The more you reduce your landfill waste, the cheaper it will be for your business.
You can reduce the size of your bin or the amount of your collections, which will help to reduce your costs.
Support local business
By arranging a plastic waste collection with Central Waste, you are supporting local business.
Central Waste collect from Liverpool and surrounding areas and the waste is taken to centres in Liverpool.
This supports local business and your local economy.
What plastic can be recycled?
At Central Waste, we recycle all plastics including wheelie bins, beer crates, bulk bags, and plastic pallets.
We can also recycle all types of Polymers including:
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Low-density polyethylene (lIDPE),
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
- Medium-density polyethylene (MDPE)
- Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
- High impact or general impact polystyrene (HIPS) (PS) (GPPS)
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC),
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
- Nylon (PA) Polycarbonate (PC)
- Polycarbonate/ Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (PC/ABS)
What bins are used for plastic recycling?
For the recycling of plastic, we offer three sizes of bins; a 360-litre wheelie bin, 660-litre wheelie bin, and a 1100 litre wheelie bin.
Single waste stream recycling can be placed in all of these bins. This includes paper, card, and plastic.
You can choose which size suits your needs and you also have the option of lockable bins. All our bins have low-friction wheels to make it easy for anyone to wheel.
We also offer other kinds of recycling to reduce your costs further. You can choose cardboard only waste, food waste, and glass waste.
None of our waste goes to landfill, 95% of it is recycled, and our food waste is recycled locally to make gas.
Our commercial waste recycling services are available throughout Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, and Halton.
How do you set up a plastic waste collection?
Plastic items can be delivered to our site, or you can arrange for collection from your premises in Liverpool.
We also offer one-off rubbish collections, which disposes of your waste responsibly and recycles waste, which can be recycled.
We also offer regular bin collections for plastic waste.
If you would like to avail of a collection, simply contact us to discuss your needs.
We will carry out a free site survey and advise on the best waste collection for your business.
We offer collections seven days a week and you can change your collection at any time.
Plastic recycling prices
We do not offer set prices because we tailor our service to your business’ needs. We do guarantee competitive pricing and will always help you to reduce your waste management costs.
For more information on our plastic waste recycling service, contact us today.