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It is weird to link anger release with recycle. I have an idea of collaborating with recycle company when I was trying hard to break a chocolate bar into pieces , I was tired and feel like energy being used after breaking it. It links me to think of when some people get angry, they will throw things, punch and kick, for some people, it is just happening in their mind. Anger gives people energy, but most people who wanted to express their anger, they often do it in the wrong way by punching and throwing things. I asked myself why don’t we make good use of these energy?

The website thought me about different types/materials of containers

These are the videos from this website which tell us more about the whole recycle process. How it is collected, separate to different factories and so on.

“Squashing cartons before recycling means they take up a third less space, helping to keep trucks off the road.”

CANS

Aluminum can be soda cans, cans of tuna, and so forth. If you drink a lot of canned beverages, the piles can really add up. In Malaysia I saw lots of old ladies and men collecting cans, they compress the cans and put it in a plastic bag, this can save space. For more evidence, look at this website:

  • Aluminium used in beverage containers or cans is a sustainable material and can be recycled repeatedly.
  • In Malaysia, the activities of collecting aluminium beverage cans for recycle normally involve a process of compressing aluminium cans manually in order to reduce storage space. The cans compression process is very time consuming and unproductive. In addition, there is no standard aluminium cans compressor tool that available in the market currently.

I have the idea of stomping on cans to release stress, at the same time compress the cans into smaller size to save space and make it convenient when collecting for recycle.

How cans are recycled

Recycling cans involves 6 steps: 

1. collection

2. recycling

3. rolling

4. can making

5. filling

6. selling

For the collection, aluminium cans are collected for recycling in a number of different ways:

  • Kerbside recycling schemes operated by your local council to make recycling at home as convenient as possible.
  • Can banks located at supermarkets and council recycling sites. These are emptied by waste management companies or your local council.
  • Cash for Cans centres where you can exchange empty aluminium cans for cash.

The cans are sorted and baled and then transported to the Used Beverage Can Recycling Plant at Warrington in Cheshire. This plant could recycle every single aluminium can sold every year for the forseeable future.

Here’s a website about some tips for collecting cans which includes compressing to save space

Don’t forget: only aluminium cans are worth cash. Here’s how to check:

  • Look out for the ‘alu’ symbol, which will tell you straight away that your can is worth cash.
  • If the can doesn’t say what it’s made of, test the side with a magnet. Aluminium is NOT magnetic, so the magnet won’t stick. Tester magnets are usually available from your local Cash for Cans centre.
  • Remember aluminium cans are lighter than steel cans, as well as shinier, and do not rust.

Other handy tips to make the most of your collection scheme:

  • Save space by squashing your cans. Specially-designed can crushers make this job even easier!
  • If there’s a group collecting for a common cause, set up central collection points where people can drop off their bags of cans.
  • To get more people involved, spread your message far and wide by telling the local papers what you’re doing. Don’t forget to update them!
  • If you’ve got supporters collecting on behalf of your cause, make sure you update them regularly to tell them how the scheme is doing and remind them to do more.

This website is about what you can recycle and how to recycle it right

COMPRESS IT OR NOT?

Here a website of  How to compact your recyclables, it stated that:

  • instead of crushing the cans in half like we normally have a tendency to do, RecycleBank requests that the material remains in a decently pristine shape as if it came right off the shelf. This is so the recyclables don’t get stuck in their machines, which is quite understandable.
  • Therefore, as an alternative, you can take your aluminum elsewhere. Recycling facilities, such as Colorado Industrial Recycling, take anything and everything, no matter the condition. You can even transport a refrigerator and they’ll know what to do with all of its components. With this in mind, you can pack up the aluminum cans (crushed or not) and take them to this location and trade them in for cash. The employees will weigh the contents and give you an appropriate amount of money as compensation. To get the maximum benefit of the trip, it is advised that you flatten the aluminum cans as much as possible and pack them into bags. This will allow you to make fewer trips.

PLASTIC BOTTLES

Sepperate the caps, jams machine- NO MORE! 

  • “Why haven’t you always been able to recycle plastic caps with plastic bottles, you ask? While most plastic soda and water bottles are made from PET #1 plastic, their caps are most commonly made from polypropylene, or plastic #5. These two different types of plastic melt at different temperatures during the recycling process and therefore, need to be processed separately. When bottles are crushed for shipment, caps can shoot off at high speeds, causing a safety hazard for recycling workers. Or if the bottles aren’t crushed but caps are left on, the bottles retain air and take up too much space, meaning fewer bottles can be transported for recycling.”
  • “Recycling processing equipment has improved over the years, the organizations say, allowing bottles with caps on to be compressed without the projectile issue and the two materials to later be divided into their separate plastic streams. With these technical advancements, leaving caps on the bottles may actually make the recycling process run more smoothly for sorting facilities, the organizations found.”

A person from this website stated that ” I’ve asked the people who run my town’s recycling center, and they say you must take off the cap, plastic or otherwise. If a bottle with a cap on it is recycled, more effort will be required to crush it and break it down. In addition, the cap is often made from a plastic resin that is different from the resin of the bottle. Thus, the cap becomes a source of contamination for the plastic resin that is being recycled. The best thing to do with the cap is to remove it and throw it out with the garbage.””

But, this website mention that : “If possible remove caps and place them separately in the recycling bin. This makes it easier to compact the plastic bottles to save space. Labels are okay.”

“Examples of plastic bottles you CAN recycle include: water, soda, ketchup, mouthwash, shampoo, salad dressing, and laundry detergent bottles”

EXAMPLE OF MAKING GOOD USE OF CANS

My Dog Sighs: Can Men

Street artist My Dog Sighs creates gorgeously painted faces on found crushed cans, which he then leaves on the streets in random places for passers-by to take home. It is both a street art installation project and an altruistic gesture dedicated to the cause of free art for everyone.

A blog which embodies the belief that the waste products of our consumer culture can be transformed into art that incorporates the history of their human use. This websites is really inspiring.

Example of making good use of trash

Trash For Teaching

“At T4T, we rescue clean, safe, inspiring items that local businesses discard in abundance, and make them available to teachers, after school providers, non-profits and individuals”.T4T supports hands-on learning through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with professional development workshops, material resource carts and classroom collaborations.

source:

http://thinkcans.net/aluminium-cans/how-cans-are-recycled#.UthXJRDV8n4

http://thinkcans.net/cash-cans/tips#.Ut1fxRBFDIU

http://earth911.com/news/2012/03/08/plastic-bottle-caps-recycling/

http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/getridofit/plastic_bottles.pdf

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080703075828AAjBFUn

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