Cardboard Recycling Crisis reaches boiling point

Recycling – we’ve all heard of it and we all do it (some of us better than others!).

But how much to we really know about where our waste ends up? How many of us throw our waste into Dry Mixed Recycling Bins to ease our conscience, without really knowing whether our recycling efforts are effective?

Dry Mixed Recycling has been around for decades, and whilst it used to be an effective method of waste disposal it’s not anymore. Here are the 4 top reasons why Dry Mixed Recycling bins belong in the bin.

1. DMR gets contaminated

The awful truth is that a lot of the cardboard waste that’s put in a DMR bin won’t be effectively recycled – which means that you might not be saving as many trees as you thought you were.

Why would it not be effectively recycled in a DMR bin?

Well, when you throw everything into one bin, contamination is unavoidable. For example, if you place your cardboard from a delivery in the same bin as your empty bean tins and dirty plastics, then there’s going to be contamination. The only way to avoid this is to have materials kept in clean and dry states before they go into the DMR bin (very difficult, if not impossible – especially in industries where food is concerned). Or, you pay for a processing facility that then has to separate your waste individually, which is very costly and time consuming.

The solution? Separate 1100L waste bins which ensure that the materials are kept apart to reduce contamination.

Cardboard Recycling Crisis reaches boiling point

2. DMR is more expensive

Have you noticed the increasing price of DMR bins? Mixed recycling is becoming more and more expensive, mainly because of the reasons outlined above – it’s getting difficult to separate waste due to contamination.

With DMR bins coming in at £9-11 per lift and 1100ltr Cardboard Only Bins coming in at just £5 per lift, it’s a no brainer for businesses looking to cut their spend and save more trees.

3. DMR is not being accepted

China has stopped accepting most types of DMR waste and therefore it has decreased in value. The only way of selling recyclables is by having clean waste that doesn’t require separation during processing. The most effective way for processing facilities to ensure that waste is acceptable for resale is to collect from separated bins.

Cardboard Recycling Crisis reaches boiling point

4. DMR is unsustainable

The current waste management model is unsustainable, since most DMR waste goes straight to incineration, or worse – landfill. This defeats the whole object of recycling and means that most businesses efforts are wasted, often without them even realising.

Dry Mixed Recycling is no longer cost-effective, and simply isn’t working as a method of waste disposal, which is giving rise to a new form of trade waste disposal.

With 1100L cardboard only waste bins, you are able to fill your bin with uncontaminated waste and have it taken away for only £5 per lift. This method is allowing businesses to save £1000’s on waste costs, alongside ensuring that they save more trees and make sure their recycling efforts count.

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