Pick-up, sorting and recycling process

Pick-up, sorting and recycling process

Pick-up, sorting and recycling process

Nowadays, we use a greater number of packaging and between everyone, we must ensure it is recycled so that it can have a second life.

To this end, there is a process in place that starts with people depositing packaging in the yellow containers (plastic packaging, cans and cartons) and in the blue containers (paper and cardboard packaging) made available to us by the town halls, which then handle the process of picking up and transporting the packaging to recycling plants. There, the packaging is recycled and turned into new raw materials that are used to make new products.

Picking up packaging

Once a product is consumed, the packaging ceases to serve the function for which it was created and it becomes waste, at which point it must be recovered so that it can be recycled, thus contributing to care for the environment.

To make it possible to pick up the packaging waste that we generate at home, Ecoembes partners with local and regional governments so that over 47 million Spaniards can recycle our packaging waste every day and thus give a helping hand to the environment.

In all there are over 383,974 yellow containers and 217,170 blue containers available throughout Spain 24/7 to make it easier for residents to deposit their packaging waste. The town halls then take care of picking up the packaging and taking it to sorting plants, where this waste it sorted before being recycled.

In order to recycle the packaging that we typically consume, we must first deposit it in the proper container, depending on the material it is made of. Plastic containers, cans and cartons go in the yellow container, and paper and cardboard containers go in the blue one.

Recovery and recycling of packaging

Once the packaging is deposited into the proper container, paper and cardboard packaging goes directly to recoverers and recyclers. Once there, the packaging is classified based on its qualities and is then recycled to once more become new paper and cardboard products.

The yellow container, however, has three very different types of packaging: plastic packaging, metal packaging and cartons. Before being sent to the respective recyclers, these must be separated in packaging sorting plants.

There are 95 sorting plants throughout Spain where light packaging is separated into at least three categories: metals (steel and aluminum), plastics (PET, HDPE, film and mixed plastic) and cartons. One example of PET plastic is a water bottle. A metal container can be a can of preserves, and mixed plastic a bag of potato chips.

Each category is sent to its associated recycler, which will see to it that it is transformed into new raw material.

This completes the packaging cycle, which helps to care for the environment by giving this waste a new life and keeping it from ending up in a landfill where it would be of no use and have a negative ecological impact.