Most of us are familiar with the materials accepted by our municipal curbside recycling programs, items like paper, cardboard, steel and aluminum cans, and certain plastic packaging But did you ever wonder what happens to those materials that are a bit trickier to recycle like plastic containers contaminated with oil?
Pnewko Brothers in Vaughan, Ontario, has established a niche market for collecting materials that are less desirable or difficult to collect in municipal curbside recycling programs. Plastic oil bottles, jugs and pails collected at Halton Region’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot are recycled by Pnewko. Each bottle, job and pail they collect has to be disassembled to ensure that no contaminates are entering the recycling process. The oily plastic is used to make new plastic products–products that require the plastic to be more rubbery and flexible, including impact posts, curbs and landscape tiles.
Did you know that old broken Blue Boxes and apartment building-sized Blue Bin are also recyclable? But not in the Blue Box — they’re too big for our regular recycling facility to process. Blue Boxes are shredded by Pnewko Brothers into plastic chips that are used in the manufacturing of new plastic products like Halton’s Blue Boxes. Apartment building-size Blue Bins are also completely disassembled and the components are recovered to make new products. Halton’s new 360 litre (95 gallon) Blue Bins for apartments and schools are manufactured in Canada using some plastic recovered by Pnewko Brothers.
Pnewko Brothers operate on a full-circle processing system: 99% of all products that enter their facility are recovered and recycled.
Remember, if you ever have any questions whether a plastic packaging is accepted in Halton’s Blue Box program, use our Put Waste In Its Place tool!