What are processed output materials?
After you put your waste in a recycling box, it begins a long journey before it becomes a new product. At ReGen, after we take delivery of your discarded materials, they are automatically separated by advanced recycling technology. What is produced after these stages is ‘processed output materials’, and in total ReGen gathers 9 different types of output materials.
There are 3 main types of paper output materials, made up from domestic and commercial waste. Paper is one of the most widely recycled materials in the UK, and it is well known that newspapers are reprinted time and time again on recycled paper. The three paper outputs are divided as follows:
- Mixed Paper
Mixed paper is made up from recyclable paper and card from around the home. This would include soft cardboards like cereal boxes and regular non-glossy pieces of paper.
- Domestic and corrugated cardboard
Corrugated containers would be associated more with commercial and industrial waste types, at least in large volumes. Typically boxes fluted for better performance make up this group.
- News & Pamphlets
All things mail, this group consists of glossy pamphlets and newspapers. Compressed and stacked these can then be transported and delivered with ease. The glossy papers and those printed on with rich inks can be more difficult to process than regular newspapers and limited plants recycle them.
Steel & Aluminium Cans
Cans are widely recycled but, with that in mind, if all the cans in the UK were recycled we would need 14 million fewer bin collections every year. At ReGen, thousands of cans arrive at the plant daily and are separated and packed. From an energy usage point of view, recycling cans is vital: the same amount of energy is used to recycle 20 cans as is used to make one new can.
These cans are made from up to 4 different aluminium alloys, the ring pull, can body, end and rivet. Despite the different types of aluminium used, they are recycled together. 90% of the UK’s canned drinks are made from aluminium.
Steel cans are separated from other metals using magnets at ReGen’s plant. Usually the steel comes from domestic waste such as aerosols cans, food containers and biscuit tins.
Like aluminium cans these are tightly packed and will often return to market as the same product. Steel cans are 100% recyclable and may even be transformed into bicycles, car parts or a range of steel products.
Governments may finally be addressing plastic misuse, but the problem has been growing on a major scale for decades. In the UK the plastic equivalent of 15 million bottles are used per day, then disposed of. ReGen have the capability to process multiple types of plastic and divide them to ensure reuse.
The materials are divided out based on the type of plastic in them. One group consists of plastic bottles, cartons and other household containers. Plastic film is also stored and sent on for reuse, known as Low Density Polythene Plastic - commonly used in shopping bags. The bag tax introduced in Europe was designed to limit how this plastic in particular was being abused. With the oil used to create 10 plastic bags, you could fuel a car for 100m, so recycling these plastics is a must.
Lastly Regen also has the technology to process WEEE and rigid plastics. These are the goods which may contain electrical components, making them more complex to process. Of the 1.5 tonnes of WEEE produced annually only 30% is recycled, however ongoing recycling investment should see this figure rise. ReGen are proud to be at the forefront of these developments in the green industry.
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