Last week we did some intensive searching on the Internet and found a company called G.H.S Recycling based in Portsmouth UK. GHS Recycling has been collecting and processing Cardboard, Paper and Plastics for recycling for over 25 years. They have also have been collecting, destroying and recycling Confidential Waste for their own customers and as subcontractors for National Waste Companies. GHS’s latest endeavour is processing milk bottle tops for recycling. They do this for a number of small collectors and payment for the material is made to the charity of their choice.
GHS operates scheduled cardboard collections of various sizes of waste cardboard bales in the South of England. Customers vary from small shops and pubs to large corporations. These collections can be tied in with office waste collections if required.
GHS also collects and processes plastics for recycling
- PP (Polypropylene)
- PS/HIP (Polystyrene) Not Expanded Polystyrene yet
- PC (Polycarbonate)
- LDPE (Polythene, wrap, sheet, bags)
- Used Plastic Vending Machine cups
The plastics listed above cover the majority of waste packaging that we currently send to the landfill because up to now, we have not been aware of a service for recycling them. GHS could just be the final essential resource that allows us to go truly ZERO WASTE!
Big hoops of joy from MyZeroWaste Chez Green et al and a huge thank you to GHS recycling.
There was one thing we had to check out with GHS and that was how someone NOT in the South of England could benefit from their recycling scheme. They usually collect from companies and businesses and in much larger quantities than an an ordinary household can produce. Mmm… Sudden glimpses of rooms full of mounting plastic waste just waiting to get to that critical collection level. Not good.
A phone call and email to GHS Recycling cleared the clouds of doubt and out came the sunshine again. We asked if instead of collections, an ordinary householder could dispatch an amount of plastics waste to them.
We asked if we could publish this option on our website and here is the full email to GHS:
Following my last conversation with you, I am pleased to hear that you
would be happy receive collections of plastics waste sent to you be post
or carrier. As I explained, we are in process of doing a ‘zero waste’
challenge that involves responsibly disposing of as many items by
recycling, as opposed to sending them to the landfill. In our area of
Gloucestershire, we have pretty good recycling facilities, except for
the type of plastics that you deal with.
We would like to promote your services on our website, in fact we would
like to encourage our members to send you their plastics in accordance
with your TOS. However, before doing this, I think I need to be sure
about how we should do this, so that you are not receiving lots of small
packages that will only increase your intake time. I fully understand
that this would not be cost effective and maybe an abuse of your services.
Can you please give me guidlines for minimum weight/ volume packs that
you would be happy to receive by post or courier? Please bare in mind we
are not a business or company but represent a section of public who are
keen to dispose of their plastics responsibly. For example, in our own
home we would maybe use and store 100 x 1/2 ltr. yoghurt pots and then post
them to you, or maybe 4kg of plastic milk tops and post them to you. Is
this kind of thing acceptable, and would you be happy for us to suggest
this on our website?
Many thanks for your help
And their response …. (drum roll)
“The amounts you have suggested will be fine with us.”
Roll out the red carpet for GHS!
Now, we are not fully out of the woods yet. When a service like this is discovered, we need to respect and honour it with utmost care. It does mean that we can now go almost completely Zero Waste in respect of normal every day life, but we do have to act in accordance with their terms of service and not send them piles of tiny plastic packages that would accumulate loads of time opening, sorting and administrating. This probably would not fare well with them and may even jeopardise their service.
How can we proceed?
First of all we need to visit GHS Recycling website and study the list of plastics that GHS Recycling can process and get an identification chart HERE For some of us, even small amounts like 4 kg of plastic milk tops may take many months to accumulate and you need storage room for all these items. All plastics must be clean, stripped of other materials and correctly classed. In addition, milk bottle tops also need to be properly prepared, by removing inner seals and labels. It might be a good idea if you have space to even consider offering a personal collection point and storage of items in your local community. We are going to apprach the Local council here and ask if they would provide an official collection point. Even one per region gives us the opportunity for a local 6 monthly trip to recycle those pesky plastics correctly.
Finally, if you are in any doubts about what or how to do this, give GHS a ring
Here’s a nice bonus for you all to consider;
The plastics milk bottle tops go to make children’s toys, garden furniture and more milk bottle tops. Money raised from collections go to a charity of your choice. Their paper shredding service produces animal bedding products for dog breeders and they buy and sell once used cardboard boxes for removals. GHS are adding a vital service to their community and also contributing positive reuse of items from their processes.
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