J&B Recycling is one of the largest and most effective companies in the UK when it comes to turning commercial and residential rubbish into useful products. They also have a very useful website that offers all sort of information on what can be recycled, when and where. Based in Hartlepool, J&B serves a large portion of the north east, but their suggestions and advice apply to everyone, since there is surely no one in the UK who doesn’t need to dispose of some kind of trash.
Commercial manager Mark Penny notes that the Christmas holiday season always presents a challenge, as there is typically more waste being discarded than at any other time of the year. It’s not just wrapping paper and cardboard; there’s also a considerable increase in cans and bottles etc. from pubs and restaurants where a lot of Christmas and New Year’s cheer comes in recyclable containers.
Consumers are urged to pay more attention to the waste they’re discarding and sort it by component as much as possible, to make the recycling process speedier and more efficient. There are four basic categories: paper, plastic, glass and metal. For instance, wrapping paper is fine and so are cards, but only if the wrap or card is not metallic or plastic and doesn’t include glitter.
Heaps of electrical items are given as gifts and more often than not there’s an old one that needs to be retired. Electronics and appliances can be recycled; they are taken separately to be dismantled and shredded, then separated into metals, glass, plastics and other components. J&B Recycling is a specialist in WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) recycling.
When you have boxes and other large packaging, separate any plastic inserts from the paper or cardboard. The idea is to reduce the amount of sorting and separating that has to be done at the recycling facility, and ultimately to minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Every consumer can do his or her part in this nationwide campaign.