Thursday, 21 June 2018
WATCH: The South Melbourne Market demonstrates their commitment to sustainability and circular economy by recycling hard plastic in large volumes.
Mil-tek 2205s small footprint stainless steel baler in action at South Melbourne Markets. Working with Vanden Recycling Australia on true circular economy projects like this is all one day's work for our dedicated Miltek team. The Mil-tek 2205s is the safest smallest footprint baler on the market, and being stainless it can withstand regular wash and sanitation and the toughest working environments for decades to come.Posted by Mil-tek Waste Solutions NSW on Sunday, 17 June 2018
The South Melbourne Market is excellently equipped to recycle: they recycle organic waste, oyster shells, soft (LDPE) plastic, cardboard and polystyrene. They do not, however, recycle hard (HDPE) plastic.
As it turns out, they're not alone. Many businesses and households in Australia do not recycle this material either, and it is in fact highly recyclable, sought after, and commercially one of the most profitable materials.
HDPE plastic is used in a whole range of products including milk bottles, plastic bottles for drinks and condiments and cleaning products.
Many businesses simply dispose of it or add to "commingle bins for mixed recycling. However, if cleaned, the HDPE bottles can be compacted and baled, generating significant income.
Furthermore, its recyclability means that it feeds directly into the circular economy.
The other great benefit of baling in a machine like the 2205S Stainless Steel Baler is that it's a massive space saver.
As Christian McLean of Mil-tek Waste Solutions NSW points out, a 50-kilogram bale of 50g bottles contains over 1000 bottles, which is enough to fit 40 regular wheelie bins.
Baled HDPE can be readily recycled into hard plastic material such as pipes
Video source: Mil-tek Waste Solutions NSW in conjunction with Vanden Recycling, a global recycling company dedicated to increasing recycling and green initiatives.
Hard Plastic: What Businesses in Australia are Missing Out On