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Reused or Recycled Waste

Different Kinds of Reused or Recycled Waste

Recycling Bottles:
• bottles are collected and condensed for shipping.
• reclaimers rip apart the bales, then sort and rip apart the bottles.
• The shreds are then washed, dried and melted, the melted plastic is formed into flakes.
• Flakes are spun into fine, string-like material to make textiles.
Recycling Glass
• The consumer throws glass into a recycle bin.
• Glass is taken from the bin and then taken to a glass treatment plant.
• The glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any germs and filth.
• The glass is then crushed and melted, then moulded into new products such as bottles and jars. Or the glass may be used for other things such as brick making or for decoration purposes.
• The glass is then sent back to the shops ready to be used again.
• Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again.
Recycling Paper:
• Paper is taken from the bin and put into a big recycling container together with paper from other recycling bins.
• The paper is taken to a recycling plant where it is sorted into different types and grades.
• The soted paper is then washed with soapy water to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue. The paper is put into a big holder where it is mixed with water to create ‘slurry’.
• By adding different things to the slurry, different paper products can be created, such as cardboard, newsprints or office paper.
• The slurry is spread using big rollers into big thin sheets.
• The paper is left to dry, and then it is rolled up ready to be cut and sent back to the shops.
Recycling Plastic:
• They are collected and they are sorted into seven different groups (they are not all the same type of plastic)
• They are then shredded by large machines.
• The plastic shreds then go through a washing phase.
• Special machines dry the plastic shreds.
• They are then made into pellets.
Recycling Aluminium:
• A person throws aluminium cans and foil into a recycle bin.
• The aluminium is then picked up or fetched and taken to a treatment plant.
• In the treatment plant the aluminium is sorted and cleaned to make it ready for reprocessing.
• It then goes through a re-melt phase and turns into molten aluminium, this takes away the coatings and inks that may still be on the aluminium.
• The aluminium is then made into large blocks called ingots, like a gold brick. Each ingot has about 1.6 million drinks cans in it.
• The ingots are sent to mills where they are rolled out, this makes the aluminium more flexibile and strong.
• This is then made into aluminium products such as cans, chocolate wrapping and ready meal packets.
• In as little time as 6 weeks, the recycled aluminium is then sent back to the shops ready to be used again.

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Further reading and resources:
how plastic bottles are recycled
DC Plastics

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