Australians have become used to recycling, with most now regularly recycling newspapers, bottles, cans and cardboard packaging. But not everyone realises that most things are able to be recycled. Some rather bizarre items are being recycled, for example dentures and chewing gum! A not for profit organisation in Japan found a great way to fundraise by reclaiming metals like gold and silver from discarded dentures. The proceeds are donated to Unicef. An airport in England collects used chewing gum, sending it off for recycling into tyres, toys and other products. Kartaway are dedicated to diverting waste from landfill, recycling most of the waste they receive. Their public Recycling Depots in Melbourne and Adelaide will receive and recycle the following waste:
- green waste
- electronic waste
Some amazing examples of re-using materials can be found in some of the houses people have built around the world from recycled materials. A retired upholsterer, John Milkovisch, built a house entirely from beer cans in the U.S. and Édouard T. Arsenault built a house out of 25,000 recycled bottles in Canada.
Some more conservative structures have been built recently in the Netherlands and Utah, USA entirely from recycled materials. Two Architects from the Netherlands set about building their home from materials discovered in the area, they found recycled steel from an old textile mill which they used for the framework and some old cable reels provided the wood to complete the façade. In Utah a surprisingly modern and gorgeous home has been constructed from two disused silos.
To recycle your items look no further than Kartaway, call 1300 362 362 to order a skip or bin or visit their Recycling Depots.
Recycling rates in Australia have broken new records. A report has shown that 64.2% of post-consumer packaging has been recycled in 2013, a big improvement from the baseline of 39% established in 2003. In the 2013 Annual Report by the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary organisation committed to reducing the environmental impacts of packaging, it was found that the recycling rate for recovered fibre packaging has also increased to a new record high of 78%. Glass is the most improved performer when it comes to recycling, with a massive increase to 128% in recycling tonnes since 2003. Plastics are recycled at the rate of 73% and paper/cardboard at 70%.
Commenting on the data, Vanio Calgaro, General Manager, APC, said: “The positive data coming from the report is further evidence that the current approach to increasing recycling and reducing litter is working. These results show that Australians are doing the right thing and that recycling has become a way of life. We hope to build on this great work in working towards our target of a 70% recycling rate by 2015”. Bringing government, industry and community groups together to find ways to address packaging sustainability issues, the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) has worked tirelessly to reduce litter, increase recycling and encourage business to design more sustainable packaging.
Kartaway support all recycling efforts in business and the community. Supplying skips and bins to the public and corporations, Kartaway maintain a policy of recycling waste collected, wherever a facility exists to re-use or reycle the material. They also operate public Recycling Depots in Campbelltown, Adelaide and East Brunswick, Melbourne.
Plastic became very popular in modern life during the 1950s and has become a major material used in manufacturing, building and packaging throughout western civilisation. Since its adoption however, it has become a major contributor to landfill and, as plastic does not break down for hundreds of years, it became a major problem. The recycling of plastics began in earnest during the 1980s. Government programs, consumer education and the development of industrial processes to transform discarded plastic into useful materials have all contributed to less plastic going to landfill.
The introduction of PETE and HDPE plastics in the 80’s and 90’s transformed the recycling effort. This type of plastic is able to be recycled and carries the identifiable recyclable logo of three arrows depicting a triangle.
There are more steps required in recycling plastics than in recycling paper, glass and metals. Plastic requires the extraction of dyes, fillers and other additives. The first step in recycling plastic is to sort it by the type of resin used in its structure, of which there are seven basic types, and sometimes it is also sorted by colour. The second step is to chop the plastic into small pieces, then clean it to remove debris and small residue. It is then melted down and compressed into pellets, these are called nurdles. The nurdles are transported to plastic processing plants and introduced into the manufacturing process.
Kartaway are a leading recycling and waste management company in Australia. They are able to recycle most waste collected, including plastics. Providing bins and skips to households, builders, body corporates, shopping complexes, multi storey complexes and educational facilities they sort and recycle collected waste. Kartaway also operate Recycling Depots for the public in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Chinese millionaire Chen Guangbiao built his fortune through his recycling company, Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilization Group. At the same time, he has boosted his reputation in China with publicity stunts based on philanthropic acts or focussed on environmental messages, such as selling “canned air” in Beijing to raise awareness about ecological issues. He and his wife changed their names to Low Carbon and Green.
Chen began as an entrepreneur at an early age selling clean water to a nearby village, he went on to run several businesses before attending university. He became involved in the demolition of an old stadium in Nanjing. Coming up with the idea of selling the used iron, he hoped to make a profit as he was not being paid for the demolition. It turns out he had the right idea, he made a profit of $272,000!
He then established a recycling company, selling iron to iron and steel companies and recycling cement blocks back into concrete (by mixing with water, cement and sand). He found that all the construction waste could be transformed into at least seven types of building materials, such as landfill, red brick and building blocks. China produces 2 billion tons of construction waste, creating a rich market for recycling.
Kartaway in Australia came about from slightly different beginnings, with James Paul Whelan starting up a cartage company in 1892, gradually moving into demolition and sale of the second hand materials from the sites, and the famous Whelan The Wrecker was born. After a period of acquisition and growth the company became Kartaway and now run public recycling depots in Melbourne and Adelaide. Hiring bins and skips to the public and customising waste management programs for businesses and organisations the business focusses strongly on the recycling of most materials.
Chen Guangbiao has been in the world news recently as he makes a bid for a sizeable share in the New York Times. The Whelan family will probably not follow suite on Chen’s latest venture!
Service, integrity and reliability are values all customers desire. Kartaway, leaders in waste management services, incorporate a culture of service and reliability into their organization. All staff work to the company’s C.L.E.A.R. policy:
“Our Values provide our staff with a platform to make the best decisions for our clients, the environment and the Company”
- Commitment: We will all take responsibility for performing our role in servicing our clients, community and environment and challenge ourselves to do our best.
- Legacy: Our business has evolved over 120 years and whilst we focus upon the present we continue to plan for the future.
- Ethics: Honesty, Integrity and Moral Fortitude are the foundations of our success.
- Alignment: We will support each other in our roles and create an environment of teamwork to foster loyalty.
- Reliability: Our service will be consistent and we will strive to outperform expectations.
Creating a culture of service, responsibility and reliability within the company has resulted in an outstanding level of service to customers. Calls are answered courteously and customers are provided with information and advice on the most suitable waste management services for their organizational needs or, in the case of a householder, the best sized skip or bin for their rubbish removal requirements. Bins are delivered and picked up on time and will be scheduled to fit in with an organization’s daily routine.
Once an organization becomes an account customer they have an Account Manager, who is on hand to offer advice and solve any waste management problems. This same level of service is extended to the public Recycling Depots in Melbourne and Adelaide, which are clean and easy to access with friendly staff providing help to customers.
Kartaway proudly announces the introduction of the durable front lift
factory bin to its large range of bins. The factory bins are available in three sizes:
The range has been designed to suit small factories with the 1.5m3 bin and larger factories with the 3.0m3 or 4.5m3 bins, depending on the amount of waste being collected. The bins can be fitted with castors for easy manoeuvrability around the factory and all are fitted with plastic lids and locks for security, ensuring only authorised personnel can fill the bins. Ideal for off cuts, plastics, strapping, timber and food waste the factory bins are highly versatile and the front loader allows for easy pick up and drop off, particularly in tight spaces.
As leaders in waste management services Kartaway offer efficient service, reasonable pricing and excellent customer service, as well as 30 day credit terms and a dedicated Account Manager to all account customers. A Kartaway Account Manager will benefit your organisation by developing an efficient waste management program. Pick ups and deliveries will be timed to suit your business operations, scheduled to a daily, weekl y or fortnightly cycle. Kartaway do not have hidden costs and are leaders in recycling. http://www.kartaway.com.au/index.html
With their own public Recycling Depots located in Brunwick East, Melbourne and Campbelltown, Adelaide Kartaway are dedicated to diverting as much waste as possible from landfill. Recycling paper and cardboard, fluorescent tubes, green waste, liquid waste, metal, pallets and computers as well as many other items the Depots are open 7 days a week.
Call Kartaway on 1300 362 362 to discuss your organisation’s waste program with an experienced, dedicated Account Manager.
Kartaway are giving away skips! Simply like their Facebook site in your city to win a skip if you are one of the first 400 likes. Like Kartaway Melbourne Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kartaway-Melbourne/486255654757757 and you will be in the running to win a free 2.5m skip bin. Like Kartaway Adelaide Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kartaway-Adelaide/140764899442024 and you will be eligible to win a free 3m skip bin or like Kartaway Queensland Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kartaway-Queensland/117789101753492
and you will be in the running to win a free 3m skip bin in either Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, depending where you live.
If you live in Melbourne or Adelaide Kartaway will reycle most of the waste they collect at their Recycle Depots at 32 Kirkdale Rd, East Brunswick, Melbourne and Virginia Rd, Newton, Campbelltown, Adelaide. Their Depots are open to the public 7 days a week, affordable, clean and accessible.
A 2m skip or 3m skip bin will be perfect for a clean up at home or for getting rid of old materials from your renovation. Builders and Landscapers will find the size great for a clean-up at the end of a job. You can dispose of those items you can’t put in the recycling bin at home, like concrete, old white goods, bricks, green waste, old car parts and excess soil and clay. Renovators can get rid of their old tiles, timber, sheet iron and old bathroom fittings.
Skips and bins are great because you can use them when you need to get rid of of your rubbish, not when council holds a collection day and also you can get dispose of a lot of things that council simply won’t take. Kartaway are very efficient, they drop of the skip or bin when you order it and pick it up when you let them know it’s full. It’s as simple as that.
Call 1300 362 362 to order a bin to suit your job and remember to like the Kartaway Facebook page in your city.