GT Recycling has developed it’s own process for recycling the wide range of plastic waste being generated throughout Victoria.
Each type of waste has it’s own recycling challenges, however the end goal is to isolate plastics into their individual polymer category, before going through a decontamination and size reduction process.
For the last 50 years, global plastic consumption has continued to increase as this amazing versatile and low cost material continues to excel at countless applications, ranging from improving food safety and distribution efficiency, to helping create lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles. Unfortunately our collective ability to effectively recycle this material has lagged. In 2013, some 299 million tonnes of plastic were produced worldwide, according to the Worldwatch Institute, as plastic continues to replace other materials notably metal and glass. In the years between 1950-2011, on average, the industry grew at a rate of 9%, and is expected to track a similar level of expansion in the future. With this proliferation, the need to effectively recycle this material and keep it out of landfills has magnified. Worldwide, a range between 22%-43% of plastic is disposed of in landfills, according to the United Nations Environmental Program.
According to the National Packaging Industry Covenant Association, some 944,000 tonne of plastic packaging was consumed in Australia in the 2014-2015 financial year, with around 268,000 tonnes of this material diverted from landfill and returned to life as a new product.
Plastics are used to manufacture a diverse range of products in every sector of the economy. The design and innovation advantages of plastics include their ability to be moulded into almost any shape, size and colour, the wide range of properties which can be achieved, such as water and chemical resistance, high strength to weight ratio, sound and heat insulation, hygiene and for safety and their relatively low cost.
Lifespan of the products can range from short term, up to 2 years, for items such as packaging, stationary and pharmaceutical, to long term, up to 500 years, for items such as underground and construction pipe and insulation cable.
At GT Recycling, we are committed to working closely with our customers to maximise the benefits of recycling post-consumer and industrial plastic waste in a commercially viable and environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
If you have an issue with recycling your plastic waste or require secure destruction, then GT Recycling may be able to help achieve your goals.