Australians now see recycling as a way of life, committing to high levels of recycling. It is even more motivating when people understand how much energy is saved through their recycling efforts and the actual impacts upon the environment. Using recycled plastic to produce plastic products saves approximately 88% of energy compared to producing plastic from the raw materials of oil and gas. And what do they produce?
- garden edging
- sign posts
- compost bins
- speed humps
- plant pots
- picnic tables and park benches
- carpet fibre clothing
- automotive parts
- paint brushes
- plastic bottles
Using recycled glass to make more glass products saves 30% of energy. 1 tonne of recycled glass saves 1.1 tonnes of the raw materials sand, limestone and soda ash. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again indefinitely, even millions of times. Refillable glass bottles are great savers of energy, using 19,000 BTUs of energy, compared to 38,000 BTUs for throwaway bottles. I recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power four hours of an 100 watt electric light. Making aluminium cans from recycled aluminium saves a massive 95% of energy. One recycled aluminium can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours or light a 100 watt bulb for 3.5 hours. As well as cans, aluminium is also recycled into aeroplanes and cars. Recycling steel makes some significant environmental savings, such as 74% savings in energy, 86% reduction in air pollution, 90% savings in virgin materials, 40% reduction in water use, 76% reduction in water pollution and 97% reduction in mining wastes. And what are steel cans and steel scrap made into?
- structural steel
- bolts and nuts
- coat hangers
- steel cans
Kartaway support these recycling efforts and run two public Recycling Depots in Australia, one in Melbourne and one in Adelaide.
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.
Having grown from the famous demolition company Whelan The Wrecker to a leading waste management company, Whelan Kartaway during the years from 1892 when it was founded by James Whelan in Melbourne, Victoria to 1992 when Kartaway began managing transfer stations for two municipalities in South Australia the company continued its business growth and expansion into other localities over the ensuing 20 years to the present day …………….
The Company commenced filling its solid inert waste landfill in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton. At the completion of filling, ten years ago, three quarters of the two and a half hectare site reverted to ownership by the local Council for inclusion in the Chain of Parks programme. This was at no cost to the Community.
The operations of Peninsula Kartaway Pty. Ltd. were integrated into the Holding Company when the Hawe family retired from the business.
Melbourne’s first privately owned and operated Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Depot was opened on Company premises in East Brunswick. This facility services the inner northern suburbs and provided a viable alternative to the quickly diminishing landfill sites in the area.
Kartaway (Qld.) commenced operations on the Sunshine Coast increasing the service area to the greater part of South-East Queensland which includes metropolitan Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The successful redevelopment of the Campbelltown Transfer Station in suburban Adelaide was undertaken.
The purchase of Aussie Bins in Penrith allowed for the expansion of the N.S.W. operations into the South West area of metropolitan Sydney.
1999 During this year we completed our 1,000,000th order.
On January 7th 2002 after 45 years service Tony Whelan, the Managing Director of Whelan Kartaway Pty Ltd, retired. Tony remains on the Board as Chairman. The day to day operations of the business are controlled by his two sons (James and Mark) the fourth generation of Whelans to work in the family business.
Stage two construction works at Kartaway’s transfer station in East Brunswick are completed. Works included the construction of three additional tipping bays that allows capacity to be increased by 60 percent.
Kartaway (QLD) Pty. Ltd. moved office to Salisbury and opened its first Waste Recycling Depot on-site.
Kartaway (QLD) Pty. Ltd. became a fully owned subsidiary of Whelan Kartaway Pty. Ltd.
Waste Recycling operations were expanded by the opening of facilities in the Brisbane suburb of Chermside, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast regions.
This year saw the introduction and commencement of Rear lift services.
The Victorian Operation opened a Transfer Station and Recycling Centre in the south eastern suburb of Braeside. This facility services the eastern and south eastern suburbs with a capacity in excess of 75,000 cubic metres per annum.
WKM Engineering was established in Campbellfield to service the Company’s engineering requirements and to service other Waste Company’s needs.
2009 During this year we completed our 2,000,000th order.
John Muller, a founding Director of the Holding Company announced his retirement from the Board.
Celebrated 120 years and appointed Christine Whelan as Non-Executive Director.
Kartaway also moved Head Office from North Melbourne to Kirkdale Street, Brunswick East.