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.
Want to learn more about how your plastic waste can enable the circular economy?
Depending on where you are located, the industry separates soft plastics into two separate categories, clear soft plastics and coloured soft plastics.
Items such as shrink wrap and bubble wrap are accepted in the clear soft plastics bin, while other materials such as plastic bag liners and small plastic trays are accepted in the coloured soft plastics bin.
Why choose Veolia for your soft plastics waste management?
Veolia has a network of sorting and recycling centres that we use to ensure your soft plastics waste is properly managed.
For example, with shrink wrap, we make sure the film is shredded to make it more manageable, then reground and washed. Water is then used to break down paper labels, loosen dirt and remove other forms of contamination. The clean, ground film is then melted and extruded to filter out any remaining impurities. The resulting pellets can then be used in the manufacturing of new plastic products.
Want to learn more about how your soft plastics waste can enable the circular economy?
Learn more about how your soft plastics waste can be recycled by visiting our sorting and recycling page.
Polypropylene (PPE) packaging, also known as flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bags, refers to bulk fertiliser bags and packaging which are predominantly used for industrial or agricultural purposes.
Made from flexible fabric, they are designed for storing and transporting dry, flowable products, such as sand, fertiliser, and granules of plastic.
Millions of tonnes of these bags are produced each year, with many going to landfill, rather than being recycled, or causing environmental damage by polluting fields, waterways and roads.
Why should you recycle PPE?
Not only can PPE packaging can be collected, recycled and reused, it can also be processed and turned into brand new products, such as plastic pipes and outdoor furniture. More importantly, by using proper disposal methods and recycling PPE bags, a business can significantly reduce operating costs and improve environmental performance.
What is Veolia’s offering?
Through our partnership with Farm Waste Recovery (FWR), part of the Industry Waste Recovery (IWR) group, Veolia is delivering an industry-leading recycling solution, offering collection, transfer and disposal services of PPE bags for FWR’s closed-loop network across Australia.
By partnering with FWR, Veolia is helping to facilitate a model in which packaging and product waste generated from agricultural operations agricultural operations can be properly disposed of in an sustainable manner that recovers a wasted resource.
Why choose Veolia for your PPE waste management?
In our mission to drive a circular economy, we are helping industries and farmers in regional Australia recycle agricultural packaging in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
To read more about Veolia’s Recycling and Waste Services click here.
Want to learn more about how your PPE waste can enable the circular economy?
Please submit an online enquiry to our customer service team or call us at 132 955.
In New Zealand
Please submit an online enquiry to our customer service team or call us at 0800 325 542 in New Zealand.