How does a recycling centre work?
You happily arrange all of your rubbish into the proper bins and so forth every week but have you ever wondered what happens to all those plastic and glass bottles that you bin. More to the point what about the paper and cardboard packaging as well. It does go to good place just the same as when you load up a skip like the ones from this Carmarthen skip hire firm. Let’s look at the process of turning junk back into something useful again.
After the rubbish is collected in the specially designed wagons it is taken away to the recycling centre or the materials reclamation to give it its fancy title. The first thing that happens to the recycling is that it is put into a large drum that sorts out the organic compounds that might be left over. In other words, all the bits that you couldn’t be bothered to remove from the rubbish are removed, stuff like dirt and dust or even food bits come out. The reason for this is that any organic material can ruin the mix of material that is required. Not to worry though this stuff is still usable and a type of biofuel.
There are a lot of conveyor belts in the recycling centre and these are to sort all of the types of material in the mix of rubbish. An employee makes sure that all of the material is now clean to be able go into the proper sorting areas. Each material goes through a process at the plant ready for reuse. For example, steel goes through a magnet that takes it out of the metal so that it can be melted down and formed into solid blocks. Steel is strong, but it it is easy to melt down and mould into something else. Those cans might well become the Plane that takes you on holiday.
Paper is also easy to recycle. All of it is chewed up and the ink removed. This is not an issue as such as it will have new colourant added to it’s packaging later. After the rubbish is collected in the specially designed wagons it is taken away to the recycling centre or the materials reclamation to give it its fancy title. The first thing that happens to the recycling is that it is put into a large drum that sorts out the organic compounds that might be left over. There is every chance that the cereal box or the tea packet is made up of a packet that has been through the system many times.
Plastic presents more of a problem. You will have no doubt seen that the sea is becoming very polluted with plastic since the about the 1960’s onwards. The centre is a bastion against this but, unfortunately, there are different types of plastic and some of this is single use. It is sorted and sent of to be formed into something else.