Where does recycled stuff go?
THE RECYCLING MARKET FAIR HELD every first Friday and Saturday of each month at all SM Supermalls has become a habit for many environmentally conscious shoppers who wish to dispose of their waste items properly.
A joint project of the SM Supermalls, in cooperation with the National Solid Waste Management Committee, Philippine Business for the Environment, Cenro Pasig, EPWD-QC and other government agencies, the event brings together shoppers and recycling companies. Shoppers bring their paper, plastic and electronic wastes which are, in turn, purchased by recyclers.
But what do recyclers do with the items that they buy?
It’s amazing how these are transformed into very functional products, and how trading these have a great impact on the environment.
With the recent Recycling Market Fair last Aug. 1 and 2 at all SM Supermalls, here are some Recycling 101 on how these products are reused and recycled.
You’ll be surprised how Trust International Paper Corp., one of the participating companies at SM’s Recycling Market Fair transforms traded paper items into high-grade quality recycled paper that is used for newspapers and magazines, illustration boards, stationery products and photo frames.
How does this happen? The waste paper traded is sorted to ensure that materials unsuitable for paper-making are discarded. Sorted papers are then loaded, weighed and conveyed to the High Consistency Pulper (HCP) which converts it to a fibrous cellulose mass. Chemicals are then added to attain required brightness of pulp, after which bleached pulp is converted to quality paper at the paper machines.
The recycled paper is then reeled on a spool and transferred to the unwind stand for cutting and rewinding, after which the parent roll is trimmed into customer-ordered sizes. The rolls are then sent to the roll-wrapping machine for rolling, wrapping and labeling.
Recycling electronic waste
Customers who have traded their electronic wastes will be happy to know that HMR Envirocycle Inc., SM’s recycling partner, handles excess and obsolete industrial wastes in an environmentally friendly manner.
The company which is located in Cabuyao, Laguna, manages unwanted or surplus products by providing optimum recovery methods, as well as solutions to e-waste problems without endangering the environment. Through the HMR Group affiliates, wholesale, retail and auction operations become viable channels for the remarketing of reusable assets like spare parts, tools, shelvings and office furniture.
Reycling plastic waste
Did you notice that plastic products have identification codes consisting of arrows forming a triangular shape with a number in the middle? That code is one’s key to identifying the kind of plastic, which is the first step in recycling.
Water and beverage bottles, for example, are made of PET or Polyethylene Terephthalate Mineral; grocery bags, produce bags, food wraps are made out of LPDE or Low Density Polyethylene; and take-home boxes, egg cartons and CD cases are PS or Polystyrene products.
A wide range of products may be made from these plastic pellets—items for the home like baskets, chairs, trays; as well as construction materials like PVC sewer pipes, flooring and window frames. These can also be made into plastic bags, CD and video casette cases, garden furniture, fiber filling for sleeping bags and office furniture.
What is saved when recycling plastics? Recycling plastics conserves nonrenewable fossil fuels as plastic production, uses 8 percent of the world’s oil production. It also reduces consumption of energy, reduces amounts of solid waste going to landfill and reduces emissions of carbon-dioxide, nitrogen-oxide and sulphur-dioxide.
Tetra packs and colored magazine sheets are made into fashion items like bags and necklaces by Kilus Foundation, a multipurpose environmental cooperative. With a production capacity of 40,000 bags a month which are exported to the United States, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Korea, providing livelihood for 200 families.
SM’s Recycling Market Fair is held every first Friday and Saturday of the month from