Ever wonder what happens to demolition & construction recycling?
Ever wonder what happens to the recyclable materials after they have been processed? Your recycling bins are emptied and the recyclable materials are processed and sorted at our Material Recovery Facility (MRF) but what happens next?
Materials are treated and the resources are recovered in a number of different ways:
What happens to STEEL?
Steel tins are baled and sold to recyclers to be remade into steel products and packaging. Steel is ‘detinned’ to remove the thin layer of tin and is then heated using a furnace and mixed with other recycled scrap metal.
The melted product is then poured into casters to make ingots. Steel is 100 per cent recyclable so these recycled steel ingots can be used to make new car bodies, cans, aerosols, bikes, BBQs, furniture and goods.
What happens to ALUMINUM?
Aluminum cans and aerosols are baled and sent to a processing plant, where they are heated and melted in a furnace.
The liquid metal is cast into ingots that are then rolled into sheets in a mill and sent to the manufactures to be made back into aluminum products such as can, aerosols, bikes, cars and even planes. Recycled aluminum is just as good quality as aluminum made straight from bauxite and is more environmentally friendly.
What happens to GLASS?
Glass is stockpiled and transported to a glass plant where the glass is scanned for any impurities and carefully sorted to remove items such as pyrex, ceramics, china, bone, oven proof glass and any other products that will not melt down. Once melted down, the sorted glass is mixed with cullet (crushed glass) for remolding back into the new bottles and jars. Glass can take up to 1000 years to breakdown in landfill but recycling glass only requires only 40 per cent of the energy necessary to make glass from sand.
What happens to Concrete & Demolition Waste Materials?
Construction and demolition waste materials that would otherwise go to landfill are recovered for recycling and reuse in purpose built resource recovery facilities and at landfills. Concrete and bricks are crushed down for reuse; soil and wood are reused as mulch and woodchips for horticultural use; clean timber waste recovered is reused as fuel for power plants and metals are recycled.