Four million wheeled bins go ‘full circle’

Scotland’s Zero Waste approach highlight’s the increasing need for managing waste as effectively as possible – but it also brings into focus the increasing pressures on managing resources as efficiently as we can.

“When the time comes for a similar approach across the rest of the UK, we need to be sure we can store and move waste without a huge demand on already stretched manufacturing resources, “says ESE World Managing Director Dave Hughes.

“Having been involved in the recycling of more than four million plastic wheeled bins, we can now produce containers manufactured from 100% recycled material.”

They are robust and durable containers, which meet all the guidelines of the RAL GZ-951/1 quality mark, the most rigorous and demanding standard applied to these products.

“The level of recycled content can be specified by customers and is also dependent on colour requirements,” he adds, “but the important feature is that we’re able to maximise recycled content through design and process experience, not just through availability of material.

“Just because you have the materials to make a bin doesn’t mean that you can produce a container which will be as good,” says managing director Dave Hughes.

“We aim use the resources entrusted to us in a sustainable way. We’re not just aware of our responsibilities towards protecting natural resources, we’ve changed the way we work so that we meet those responsibilities full on.

“When we produce new plastic bins and containers we aim for CO2 reduction through the whole process; from raw materials, through manufacturing, and transport…and back again.”

The company has developed a successful partnership with Avanti Environmental.  Together the two businesses offer a completely closed loop for recycling end-of-life wheeled bins.

The bins are collected, processed in the UK and the material is prepared for onward shipping to ESE manufacturing plants across Europe.  The material is then used to manufacture high quality containers for supply across Europe, including into the UK market.

The key features of the partnership with Avanti are that bins are collected from local authorities and private contractors as part of replacement projects. Avanti arranges for the collection of the bins and takes them to their nearest processing location.

“For large quantities, there are mobile grinding units available for onsite processing. That means we’re only moving what’s left of the bins, not huge quantities of empty bins that require trailer space.

“What’s left of the old plastic bins is then processed to produce a high quality material suitable for use in manufacturing new containers,” adds Dave Hughes. “That’s zero waste.”

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