This one should be a no-brainer. Cardboard recycling is a speciality of ours, and we divert 300 tonnes of it away from landfill each and every month at our Material Recovery Plants in Manchester and Preston.
In fact, that’s enough cardboard to cover the whole of the North West!
We’d prefer it if any tape or plastic ties were removed first, but it wouldn’t stop us from putting your cardboard to good use even if they weren’t.
Metallic Wrapping Paper
As in Ghostbusters, you don’t normally want to cross the streams, and while metallic wrapping paper does indeed contain a mix of paper and aluminium, the useful paper fibres can be extracted with the metallic detritus being sifted out and collected.
It’s certainly not an ideal recyclate, but we’d rather process it than have reams of it sent to landfill.
As a side issue, there is a misnomer that tin foil can’t be recycled, but as long as it isn’t contaminated with anything more testing than a few crumbs of food, it’s just another routine aluminium product such as drinks cans or pie trays which can be given a new lease of life.
This is another item which is isn’t currently recyclable, and while it can be a little awkward to remove and deal with, reports of it clogging up the recycling process are massively exaggerated.
We could write a whole article about how to reuse adhesive tape, so before throwing it in the bin, we can vouch for its usefulness as a makeshift lint roller to get rid of any stray pet hairs on your clothes!
Ribbons and bows
One gigantic myth doing the rounds over the festive period is that decorative ribbons and bows can’t be recycled. This (mostly) isn’t true at all.
Any which are made from natural fibres such as silk or cotton are pretty standard recycling materials; the confusion comes from man-made fabrics.
Most ribbons and bows are made from a type of polyester derived from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the petroleum-based polymer that single use plastic bottles are normally made from. Indeed, more PET goes into synthetic fibres than plastic bottles.
While polyester isn’t a product that can be recycled an infinite amount of times in a closed loop system, such as glass, ribbons and bows can still be worked with and transformed into plastic pellets, which in turn have hundreds of useful applications.
Fresh Start Waste are the North West’s leading independent waste collection and recycling company, and if your business needs any help with its refuse over the festive period, then contact us.