Synthetic plastic does not biodegrade. It just sits and accumulates in landfills or pollutes the environment.
Swarf, also known as chips or by other process-specific names are pieces of plastic. It takes at least 4 times the energy per unit of production to produce plastic pallets from oil extraction—plus the environmental impact of the extraction and exploration. Its specific gravity is from 0.94 to 1.09 and invariably if the chips become subjected to water they will float off down the water retention and disposal systems, ending out in the waterways and eventually into the oceans.
Transformed Plastix are fully aware of this and have several environmental support functions in place.
- Collect and stillage our raw plastic scrap in large parts which reduces the amount of swarf.
- Daily plastic recycling with a recycling company. This reduces energy and manufacturing impact. The recycler reprocesses this waste into resalable plastic materials.
- Our fine dust and swarf is swept and vacuumed up at least daily, and sometimes hourly to reduce environmental contamination. It is bagged and put with our recycling.
- We work closely with Plazrok™ which is a manufactured lightweight aggregate made entirely from the waste stream, and in particular a complete mix of waste stream plastic that does not need to be sorted or washed and can be taken straight from landfill or any collection point. This is our longer term strategic partner, not only reusing our waste but being able to mine from landfill. Plastic packaging – especially the ubiquitous plastic bag – is a significant source of landfill waste and is regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, with fatal consequences. Synthetic plastic does not biodegrade. It just sits and accumulates in landfills or pollutes the environment. Plazrok is the solution, and reduces further environmental impacts associated with mining and quarrying when aggregates are removed.
- We have exits catchment grids on our drive for any plastic inadvertently mobile during rain.