It’s Our 3rd Year At RWM!

Waste and recycling

Here at PK Safety, the waste and recycling industry makes up a large proportion of our clientele. We are proud to be leading the way in providing innovative and simple solutions to a growing sector.

This month, we will be attending the RWM exhibition in Birmingham’s NEC arena where we will be showcasing our range of products including Scorpi (our own brand), meeting clients and prospects, as well as giving away goody bags. Now who doesn’t like a freebie?

Here, we are going to stick with this theme and explore the waste and recycling sector in more detail.

There are six main sections in the journey of recycling and it all starts from the collection. One of the most important aspects to remember here is that waste is what we don’t require anymore. At PK Safety we feel that even before it gets to this stage, we should all take responsibility to avoid creating waste in the first instance.

Each of these different stages have different PPE requirements from cut resistant gloves, to waterproof hi-vis, to slip resistant footwear.

Collection is the first step in the whole process. Waste is picked up and collected, and then taken to the various sites for processing.

The next stage is general processing of all waste. It is processed into different types. Here, anything that does not require specialist handling is recycled or reused.  For instance discarded card or paper can be re-used for the manufacture of new cardboard products.

After this any types of waste that require further processing are sent to specialist processes or plants. For example, specific types of metal are processed and melted down so that it can be used in the manufacture process of metal products

Next, any waste that cannot be recycled is processed to reduce overall landfill through residual waste treatment (RWT).  Here any leftover waste is used for energy, either using the gas from composting and other biological processes or the left over waste is incinerated for heat energy.

Finally, anything left over that cannot fit into any of these steps ends up in landfill.

Throughout the month of September we will be looking at each of these stages in further detail and recommending the right PPE for each stage based on our years of experience of delivering simple solutions for our clients in this sector.