Recycling Displays & Print
How Green are our products?
All our stands are almost 100% recyclable aluminium, steel, and plastic, which you can take to your local waste facilities or return to us, and we’ll do it for you, free of charge.
Below is a process for recycling that a few in the industry have started to incorporate into their services to customers.
As we all know - thanks in part to our ever-increasing knowledge of global warming and the need to reduce carbon omissions - recycling plastic stands for example, use more chemical processes than the below in turn releasing more harmful emissions into the air.
Metal is very valuable now, and all involved will absolutely try to recyclable every available ounce.
Step 1: Dismantling
When your banner is sent back to us, a member of the team checks it over and dismantles it. It is split into its composite parts: plastic, aluminium, and graphics.
Step 2: Sorting
These are then sorted - the aluminium is sent to a UK aluminium mill where it will be melted down and re-used.
A very small percentage of the banner is plastic which cannot be recycled. Sadly, this is put into the general waste. We will work on how to improve this.
The graphics are then sent to a specialist recycling plant. There are a limited number of recyclers that can handle the graphics, so we are lucky to be working with them.
Step 3: Shredding
The graphics are shredded into very small pieces and sold on to manufacturers in the UK.
Step 4: Repurposing
The graphics are then made into new products in the UK. These include horse riding arena bases, traffic cone bases and Harris fencing bases.
Why should you recycle scrap metal?
Currently, no one is going to argue with the fact that recycling is very important. However, it’s one thing to say you should recycle to protect the planet, but it’s much more important to be aware of what it is you’re saving it from. By finding the best methods of waste disposal, you can make a positive change. It concerns all types of materials, but especially metals. Metals can be recycled infinitely without losing their quality, which makes them very valuable. Recycling metal offers many financial and environmental benefits, as it’s an important factor in:
Saving natural resources
The amount of metal we have access to is limited. With every day of mining, we reduce the resources we have left. Recycling metals can slow this process down, but we don’t recycle nearly enough to stop it. And since recycling uses a lot less energy than we need to mine and process the new materials, it would also allow us to conserve the resources needed to produce that energy.
Avoiding toxic leaks
Electronic waste can become a big problem if it’s not processed in the right way. For example, if your laptop ends up in a landfill, because it wasn’t disposed of properly, substances such as lead from the battery can start leaking into the soil. You may not think it’s much of a problem. After all, how much damage can one laptop make? But think about how many people have laptops and what would happen if all of them started leaking toxic substances into our water systems.
Lowering CO2 emissions
Mining, processing, and transporting metals requires a lot of energy. And since this energy isn’t green, it results in huge amounts of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Even if this is not directly connected to mining, you must count it in the environmental cost of the whole process. By recycling, we can limit the amount of energy needed and effectively reduce the level of CO2 emissions.
Saving natural habitats
There are very few processes as damaging to the environment as mining because creating a mine site is impossible without destroying the surrounding habitats. And we can’t forget about the risk of soil and water contamination that comes with the whole process. That’s why limiting the number of mines will be very beneficial.
The more energy we use, the more CO2 is emitted during its production. Even though energy from renewable sources is getting more and more available, it’s still not enough. Recycling uses only a small percentage of the resources needed for mining, so it’s much more sustainable.
Most metals can be recycled indefinitely without any loss in their quality. This means it’s not only environmentally, but also financially, beneficial to reuse them time after time. Think about all the products containing metal in your house. Do you really need all of them? Maybe it’s time to give some of them a new life?