The Wheelie Bin Lifecycle

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Wheelie bins first started to appear on our streets in the early 80ís their introduction came about due to health and safety legislation updates to protect refuse collectors from carrying the old heavy metal dustbins and to also improve exposure to the actual household waste we throw away.
The standard two wheeled rubbish bins we use at home here in the UK do vary in size and colour dependent on which local authority you live under, however the simple design remains the same.
Wheelie bins are manufactured out of plastic using a process known as injection moulding, the body and head will be formed using separate moulds, the axle will be made of metal and rubber wheels attached to either end, lastly some form of hinge will be required to fasten the lid to the body and allow opening.
Not all wheelie bins are the same, UK and European made wheelie bins are usually higher quality that of those manufactured in China, UK/EU bins will be certified and tested to EN840 standards to ensure safety and quality, another longevity feature that quality wheelie bins have is ultraviolet protection which will help protect the plastic from going brittle.

Old or Broken Wheelie Bins
Ever wondered what happens to your old worn out or damaged wheelie bin, you havenít? Okay well read on if you would like to know.
Most old or damaged wheelie bins find themselves at local council depots or waste management companies were they are stripped of their wheels and stacked awaiting collection by the plastic recycling companies.
Once the wheelie bins have been collected by the plastic recycling companies they are thoroughly cleaned and all traces of rubbish removed from the inside, they are then loaded into large hoppers which feed into the plastic shredders, from here the regrind plastic is laboratory tested, graded and approved.
Regrind plastic is often supplied and used as part of a production run mix with new plastic or further processed into a recycled compound by melting the clean granulated plastic and extruding in the form of pellets ready to be used to manufacture another batch of wheelie bins

CK Polymers are interested in purchasing old or damaged wheelie bins for waste plastic recycling. We make regular collections nationwide from local councils and waste management companies. We collect all sizes of bins (including dustbins). For collection, the bins would need to be free from rubbish, the wheels removed and the bins stacked.

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