The title of this article may seem somewhat counter-productive, seeing as the very nature of non-recyclable products should make recycling them impossible. However, there are ways to get rid of your empty crisp wrappers, coffee machine pods, baby food sachets and other foil-lined or laminated waste without sending them to landfill. Whether at home or work, laminated foil packaging cannot be put into your recycling bin and this is something it is important to make sure other family members or staff are aware of. This means that the chances are it will end up in your general waste bins and we all know that sending waste to landfill isn’t a long-term solution, especially when there 160,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging in the UK alone.
The good news is that you don’t have to stop eating crisps or biscuits, at least not for the sake of waste management! The University of Cambridge has taught some incredible people in its history and some of those people have worked together to create Enval, a recycling plant that will take your laminated foil packaging and recycle it back into impurity-free aluminium which is ready to use and takes 95% less energy to produce than brand new aluminium. Their patented process retrieves 100% of the aluminium from the laminate, whilst then creating energy to be used as heat or electricity production.
Enval is still very much in its infancy, but with more and more waste management companies including 707, always on the lookout for new technologies and improved waste management systems, advances such as this are really important not just within our industry, but for the country as a whole.
Similarly, TerraCycle offers customers a way to dispose of hard-to-recycle products through their Brigade Programmes which take on food packaging, office supplies, home care products and other such waste and their experts recycle and upcycle them into new products – fantastic!
There are many innovative ways to cut your waste and we want to help you to achieve a goal of less or zero waste to landfill. This is achievable, so call and speak to our expert team today and see how we can help.