Waste commingling is a method of collecting waste where certain types of materials are all placed in the same recycling bin and the material is collected by Real Waste Solutions and later retrieved and sorted at the Collection Centre. Real Waste Solutions are able to provide you with specific commingling bins in appropriate sizes for your home or office and to arrange collection on a regular basis and at a time convenient for you.
What Can Be Commingled?
Specific types of materials can be recycled by commingling. These include:
Much of the commingled material is sorted by machine but some is hand-sorted. Therefore, to avoid damage to machinery or injury to our workers, it is especially important that the commingled bin should not be contaminated with materials which do not belong there. Some types of plastics, glass and metal cannot be recycled in this bin, so it is important to read the Recycling Information on the lid of the bin before disposing of material in it. By ensuring that this information is followed correctly, your waste will be properly recycled, and not sent to landfill.
What Happens to Commingled Waste?
When it reaches our recycling centre, commingled waste is decontaminated, sorted into individual material streams, which are then bundled up and sent to resource manufacturers to be recycled. Your PET bottles can be made into clothing, detergent bottles or clear packing film. Aluminium cans are recycled to make new cans over and over again and steel cans are reclaimed to make bikes, bridges and even new food and drink cans. By recycling commingled waste in this way, we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and decrease water consumption.
Real Waste Solutions works very hard to ensure that the products you put out for recycling are indeed, going to be recycled. Please help us to make the best use of your household waste by recycling only those products that can be reused and don’t use your recycling bin as a rubbish tip.