What is Plastic Waste?
Plastic waste simply refers to any products that are made from plastic materials. This waste can typically be divided into seven separate categories in relation to the type of plastic they are made from. For example, this includes:
PET Waste. Products made from Polyethylene Terephthalate include plastic water and drinks bottles, containers and even carpet fibres.
PDP Waste. Products made from High-Density Polyethylene include a variety of bottles, such as those used to store products such as milk, shampoo, and even cleaning products.
PVC Waste. Polyvinyl Chloride is used within the construction industry to make products such as pipes and tiles. It is sometimes used to create clear food packaging.
LDPE Waste. Products made from Low-density Polyethylene include clingfilm, sandwich bags and other forms of clear, durable packaging.
PP Waste. Products made from Polypropylene include thick plastic products, and plastic lids used on drinks cartons and more.
PS Waste. Products made from polystyrene are typically used in packaging or insulated coffee cups.
Code 7 Waste. This refers to any plastic products that do not fall within the above categories; it could include plastics used to create DVDs and CDs.
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We’re all guilty of producing large volumes of plastic in both our personal and professional lives. However, plastic waste is produced in large quantities in the following industries:
Retail. The retail industry produces large volumes of plastic waste, typically in the form of product packaging. For example, most supermarkets store products such as fruit, veg and metal in plastic packaging.
Construction. Plastic is a key resource for the construction industry. Not only are plastic products used for storage, but they are also used to create products such as piping, tiles and even carpets.
Food service. Food service providers, such as takeouts and restaurants, also produce large volumes of plastic waste. For example, this could include single-use plastic bottles and their lids, alongside coffee cups and food containers.
Offices. Offices within all industries also produce large volumes of plastic waste. For example, this could include disposable coffee cups and bottles alongside product packaging and storage containers.
It’s estimated that around 380 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide each year. From this, the UK is responsible for about 5 million tonnes of plastic – with the figure rising rapidly.
Businesses can reduce the amount of plastic waste they produce by:
Carrying out a waste audit, determining the exact volume of plastic waste that is produced each day. This will enable you to figure out where you may be making mistakes.
Sourcing sustainable materials to be used within your business. For example, retailers could offer paper bags or products made from already-recycled materials instead of providing customers with plastic bags. Alternatively, paper straws could be provided as an alternative to plastic ones.
Ensuring all employees are aware of the importance of on-site recycling and have access to the appropriate facilities and resources. For example, each employee should receive waste management training at the start of their contract.
Every single day, we dispose of around 15 million single-use plastic bottles in the UK alone.
8 million tonnes of plastic wind up in the ocean each year, threatening marine life and polluting water sources.
It’s estimated that by 2050, around 12 billion tonnes of plastic will sit in Landfill sites.
To make the recycling process as easy as possible, all plastic products should be stored separately from the rest of your recyclables and general waste. To achieve this, we can provide you with a range of colour-coded bins and containers, including:
120L Plastic Bin. (Stores 2-3 bags of waste).
240L Plastic Bin. (Stores 3-4 bags of waste).
360L Plastic Bin. (Stores 4-5 bags of waste).
660L Plastic Bin. (Stores 10 bags of waste).
1100L Plastic Bin. (Stores 15-18 bags of waste).
Sometimes, the volume of plastic waste produced within your facility can seem staggering – and, as a result, hard to manage. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way – as we’re always on hand to help. For example, we can:
Provide you with free bins and storage containers for plastic waste & more.
Arrange for your waste to be collected outside of business hours or at a time that suits you. Waste can be collected daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly.
Teach you how to better manage and handle your overall waste, therefore reducing the amount of waste you produce.
Ensure all waste is taken to the appropriate recycling facilities – thanks to our zero-landfill policy.
If you have any more questions about plastic waste management, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.