At E&E Waste, we spend a lot of time thinking about where our recycling goes. You’ll be pleased to know that all of the recycled waste we collect is responsibly processed and used in a wide range of products. At every step of the process, we choose ethical, responsible, and local businesses that are dedicated to improving the world through recycling.
We recycle a wide variety of products, from food packaging to metal, providing an environmentally friendly solution to waste. But where does the recycling go once it is collected?
Our recycling vehicles collect waste from homes and businesses around the Toowoomba and Goondiwindi areas. Once they have been collected, they are brought to the E&E waste facility where they are checked to make sure there are no contaminants.
Processing Recycled Materials
The next step in the journey is the processing of recycled materials. All of the recycled waste we collect is sent to Narrabri NSW, the home of the Challenge Community Services Recycling Facility. This community recycling facility employs 33 people with a disability as well as four vocational educators to help with training.
They believe people with a disability are entitled to fair pay for a fair day’s work and their recycling facility provides valuable jobs for the local community.
Sorting The Recycled Waste
Challenge process over 16,000 tonnes of recyclable materials every year, drastically reducing the contribution to landfill and creating new materials that can be used in a variety of products.
In a recycling processing facility, all of the mixed recycling is carefully sorted by staff into different material categories. Some of the materials they process and recycle include paper, drink containers, food containers, a wide range of plastics, steel, metal, and cardboard.
New Products From Waste
Once the recycled materials have been sorted and compacted they are used in the manufacture of all sorts of products, from animal litter to insulation. As all businesses adapt to the challenges of climate change, it is so important to think about where our waste goes. At E&E Waste we have a number of recycling partners who ensure all of the waste we collect is used again and not thrown into landfills.
You’ll be surprised by just how many different things we can collect that are transformed into new products, from cereal boxes to wrapping paper to beer bottles. There are loads of products available in stores that are made from recycled materials, like pencils, toilet paper, tote bags, and insulation, and the number of possibilities for recycled materials keeps on growing.
Where Does Paper Recycling Go?
With deforestation presenting serious threats to our environment, the more we can recycle paper and stop trees being cut down the better. Paper is a material that is widely recycled and at E&E Waste we have a brilliant solution. All of the paper, including newsprint collected in our “Paper Only” is sent to FibreCycle, an Australian company who transforms recycled paper into high-quality pet products. They use technology that was once used in paper processing to make eco-friendly pet litter that is more than 99% made from recycled materials.
At E&E Waste we believe that recycling is one of the most important ways we can combat climate change and reduce the number of new materials needed with our recycled alternatives. We divert tonnes of waste away from landfills every year, and material that would have taken thousands of years to degrade is transformed into useful products.