The BBC reported this morning that a brand new carton recycling plant has been opened in Stainland, West Yorkshire.
The plant is the first of it’s kind in the UK, according to the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment.
This is a fact that may shock some people. Given the developments we’ve seen in the recycling industry in recent years, you would imagine that such a plant already existed. The trust is, however, that many of the cartons thrown into the recycling are shipped abroad to be processed.
Whilst this practice will continue for the foreseeable future, it’s estimated that the plant could recycle up to 40% of the cartons disposed of in the UK, with 180 local authorities sending their cartons there to be recycled.
Cartons are made up of a variety of different materials, including wood, paper and plastic, and these different materials need to be split up in order for the recycling to take place. That’s where the Stainland plant comes in.
The wood fibre is destined to be made into coreboard, with over 15,000 tonnes of coreboard being produced. This is then used in a variety of different industries, including the paper, film and manufacturing.
Most local authorities now collect cartons as part of their recycling programmes, but it’s hoped that with a UK based plant, and the economic and environmental benefits that entails will result in more authorities recycling cartons.
Andy Walker, from Keep Britain Tidy, told the BBC that he felt the plant would help with the wider recycling policy.
“Hopefully, (the plant) will encourage local authorities and the general public to actually recycle these cartons more.”
“If you’re sitting down this morning having your orange juice, thinking you’re not sure about recycling then here’s the proof. It works. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for the planet.”
Environment minister Lord de Mauley told the BBC that the plant was a “an exciting development”.
“I’m delighted to see businesses working together to improve our ability to recycle more here in the UK.”
By encouraging more and more local authorities to recycle their rubbish here in the UK, the Stainland plant is helping to make our country a greener, more environmentally friendly place to live, and we think that’s fantastic. Plus, it’s helped create a few more jobs for British people, which is great for the economy.
We’re passionate about recycling, and we hope you are as well. By working together, we can help to secure our world for future generations.
Remember, don’t waste it….recycle it!
The Directors and employees of Recycle Technology Limited, have always cared about the Environment and started recycling goods even before it became fashionable and necessary to do so.
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