Plastic waste such as packaging, disposable plates and cups, beverage bottles and cling film can be recycled and is one of the most commonly used materials in the world.
There are a number of different streams that exist within this broader term, and how we recycle this material is highly dependent on your geo-location as well as its classification.
Today, our plastics waste can be broken down into the following categories:
- LDPE e.g. reusable bags and cling film
- HDPE e.g. milk bottles, cosmetics packaging and toys
- PVC e.g. doors and windows
- PUR e.g. insulation foam and mattresses
- PET e.g. beverage bottles
- PP e.g. bumpers and binders.
There are also miscellaneous items that contain plastic, which do not belong to a unique category such as optic fibers and headlights.
What is Veolia’s offering?
Veolia offers collection, transfer and disposal services for this stream, and the details around which equipment would be best suited to your needs can be found here.
Veolia advises all clients to undergo a site waste assessment prior to their selection of equipment and schedules to receive best value for our services.
Why should you separate plastics from your general waste?
As the third most manufactured product in the world, over 5.8 billion tonnes of plastic waste has been produced since 1950 and according to recent studies, the society only recycles 9% of this waste stream today.
With this material being readily used for manufacturing eco-friendly small household appliances as well as other new products, we encourage you to contribute to the circular economy by ensuring you source segregate at all times.
Why choose Veolia for your plastic waste management?
Locally, Veolia has a network of sorting and recycling centres that we use to ensure your plastic waste is properly managed. We also partake in numerous industry initiatives and partner with like-minded organisations such as Australian Packaging Covenant and Farm Waste Recovery, who enable us to contribute in a more meaningful manner.
Globally, we manage over 600,000 tonnes of plastic waste and over 130 sorting and recycling centres across Europe. We also own and operate 12 plastic preparation and processing plants, where we have formed dedicated technological processes for the world’s five most common plastic streams.