Should you crush water bottles before recycling?

How to flatten plastic bottles

Hello, good morning! I am collaborating with the Franciscan community of Aguaray (Salta). My idea is to develop a plastic, paper and cardboard recycling sector, to start with. Can you help me with suggestions? Thank you!

Excuse me, I would like to know how long the process takes, for example, I buy my bottled water, I finish it, I throw it in the container, they pick it up, etc. until they make a new one or something new, how long does the recycling process take in the plant?

I am in the subject of recycling pet bottles, and that through its crushing, we are beginning with its disappearance of this very harmful product for the environment, and for the climatic changes, thank you.

Good afternoon, I would like to know and learn about the subject of recycling and be a multiplier of the importance of recycling on our planet and at the same time look like a lucrative option doing business. I would like to have more information on the subject and know if it is possible to train one for proper handling in recycling, thank you.

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Crumpled plastic bottle

The best waste is the one that is not generated. Therefore, the first thing we have to do is to minimize the waste we generate, thus complying with the first rule of sustainability and the Circular Economy.

Everything that is collected from the containers, in what is known as selective collection, is taken to a waste separation plant. And that is where, in the case of packaging from the yellow container, the waste is separated according to the type of plastic.

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, which is found in bottles and other food packaging, is one of the most common, and also the easiest to identify and separate.

At Eko-REC’s recycling plant, several trucks arrive daily (of about 24 tons each) full of what is known as “bales” of bottles, that is, plastic bottles perfectly pressed, so that they take up as little space as possible and the transport efficiency is the best.

The first thing that the recycling machine, where the bottles are introduced, has to do is to correctly filter the garbage that is introduced, since “all that glitters is not gold” and not everything can be recycled. A lot of “waste from waste” is generated.

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How to crush plastic bottles for recycling

This plastic works well as an aroma barrier, providing good protection for food packaging. It is waterproof, unbreakable, shiny and lightweight, and can come in both rigid and flexible forms. It has good temperature resistance, so that hot products can be packaged in polypropylene containers.

Polypropylene is produced from petroleum or natural gas by a polymerization process. These polymers are solid thermoplastics that can be processed by extrusion and by molding or injection molding.

Most modern PP production processes have no liquid or gaseous effluents. Being 99% carbon and hydrogen, which are harmless and abundant in nature, PP is chemically non-polluting.

PP contains energy comparable to fossil fuels, so PP waste is an excellent alternative for use as a fuel to produce electricity and heat.

Can you crush plastic bottles for recycling

This type of packaging, consisting of 100% organic matter, can become an alternative for treating organic waste, helping to recycle it and reduce food waste.

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When the containers incorporate openings adapted to the collection of light packaging, both in areas of contribution and in the arrangement of curbside containers, the quality of the material collected is higher.

In the case of rear-loading and side-loading containers, the container should have a closure that prevents the lid from being opened, so that the waste is introduced through the holes in the cover (with diameters no greater than 30 cm).