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World Environment Day

Posted in Recycling
On 05 Jun 2018
By Jas Bagri

At Biffa, World Environment Day is not just one day, it’s every day with this year’s focus on beating plastic pollution.

Nearly one third of the plastics we all use escape collection systems. Did you know recycling one ton of plastic can save 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space?* If we recycle plastics we can keep them out of landfills and reuse them when manufacturing new products. We can also help conserve natural resources such as oil when recycling plastic water bottles.

We work with businesses of varying sizes everyday across different sectors, to help you decide which waste and recycling services best fit your needs. We can help you reduce, reuse and recycle. Biffa see waste as a resource, not as a problem.

Closed Loop recycling

Sustainability has become a common business goal. Intelligent resource management means closing the recycling loop, so that materials can be preserved within a circular economy.

So what is Closed Loop recycling? It’s a production process in which post-consumer waste is collected, recycled and used to make new products. This process can include weaving reclaimed plastic bottles into polyester for clothing and other products.

For this process to work, consumers, recyclers and manufacturers must work together to reclaim valuable materials from our waste stream and use them to make new products.

The contents of both your Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) and general waste bins are taken to one of our waste transfer stations up and down the country.

Some, such as Aldridge, will take direct delivery of newspapers and cardboard, along with plastics, metal cans and glass bottles, and the sorting is automated. At other stations the work to separate the recyclable waste is done by hand.

We want businesses to be smarter with waste, which is why we provide a variety of services to help you get smart. Whether you’re in construction and require skip hire, or in retail and require a Dry Mixed Recycling solution.

Dunelm Case Study

We help our customers ensure their plastics recycling is diverted from landfill and upgraded. We have two super MRF’s (materials recycling facilities) in the UK which process 400,000 combined tonnes of dry mixed recyclable waste every day.

Biffa are helping to minimise the impact of consumer use vs damaging the environment. Click play to see how we helped Dunelm efficiently recycle their waste.

To get involved in the conversation on Twitter this World Environment Day use the hashtag #WorldEnvironmentDay or follow Biffa for updates.

*https://www.biffa.co.uk/biffablog/2017/07/20/closing-the-loop-on-plastic-recycling/

About the author

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Jas Bagri

Jas is part of Biffa’s digital team, writing a diverse range of content on a number on industry topics. Jas’s favourite subject to write about is recycling, so look out for her handy tips coming your way!