When the founder of Ecosky started the business waste segregation was poor, collection and recycling of waste streams was basic and simple. Waste producers were unaware of the true value of their waste and invariably most of it ended up in landfill, or shipped as low grade material to the Far East markets. However, in the past few years the UK has seen rapid growth in the volumes of plastics collected and separated for recycling across both the public and private sector. These newly available tonnages of waste plastics present the industry with the challenge of how best to convert a waste resource into valuable new materials and products.
Today, raw materials being the basis for almost every industry makes up around a third of all goods traded on international markets. The global scarcity of fossil fuel resources has far reaching consequences for economies as a whole, and in particularly for countries like China & the EU who have relatively few raw materials of their own. In today's market place it is more important than ever to manage recyclates as they are a very valuable resources
Plastics - From water & drinks bottles to car parts, plastics are the basis for countless industrial and consumer goods. However, crude oil - the key ingredient - is not an endless supply. Recycled plastics are fast becoming increasingly important as an alternative, resource-efficient source of raw materials. As an expert in this field Ecosky supply the international plastics industry with recyclates and raw materials, continuously maximising the value generated from our customers waste streams whilst providing secondary raw materials of a consistently high quality.
Paper - Office paper, newspapers, packaging papers are a visible presence in our every day lives. The USA & China are the two largest users of paper related products in world, however, they are also two of the most prolific when it comes to recycling, recovering annually 50 million & 60 million tonnes respectively. Producing recycled paper takes 40% less energy than producing paper from virgin wood pulp. It takes 24 trees to make one ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper. Using recycled paper instead of virgin material saves 7,000 gallons of water per tonne of paper produced, creates 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water.
Metal - The processing of ferrous & non-ferrous metal scrap into vital secondary raw materials for the smelting of new metals is a vital worldwide activity. 400 million tonnes of metals is recycled every year worldwide and has shown growth of 5% per year for the last 15 years. Steel, Aluminium and copper can be continuously recycled with virtually no loss of quality. The environmental impact is also significant; for example, a tonne of recycled steel saves over one and a half times its weight in carbon emissions, over twice its weight in raw materials and uses 70% less energy than producing steel from virgin sources.