I would like to start by welcoming all our new recycling partners that have signed up for our Recycling Pickups service.
2011 has started brilliantly and has already been an exciting period of record growth for Open Sky Recycling. I know that many of these new partners have been referred by you - our existing partners so a huge word of thanks. We are now providing our recycling collection service to over 500 homes and 40 businesses in Pretoria , Midrand and Centurion.
Starting with quick Housekeeping Reminders;
- BLUE OPEN SKY BINS – Please always make sure your Open Sky Blue bin is outside by 8AM and clearly visible and accessible for swift and efficient collections.
- If your bin was outside and NOT collected please call or SMS - LIDO Immediately on 0834599972 to reschedule.
- CLEAR BAGS – Please Order straight from the website when you need more and always use the clear recycled bags and tie them off in the bin to ensure swift and efficient collections. (Unbagged items will be left in the bin).
- Please check the Updated collection dates on the website under the menu - "Collection Dates"
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- Please use the REVIEW section on the right hand side of the www.open-sky.co.za home page. This is so you can comment on how the Open Sky Recycling Collection Service has impacted you. Please use it!
OPEN SKY RESOURCES RECOVERED LAST 3 MONTHS – 32.5 Tonnes (Plastics 32%)
This is a short overview In response to all your emails regarding recycling symbols on plastics and what products are produced from the Recycled material.
Number Symbol 1 Plastics
PET plastic is the most common for single-use bottled beverages, because it is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to recycle. It poses low risk of leaching breakdown products. Recycling rates remain relatively low (around 10%), Although much higher with Open Sky Recycling Pickups.
PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
Found in: Soft drink, water and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; ovenable food trays.
Recycling: Picked up through most curbside recycling programs.
Recycled into: Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps, (occasionally) new containers.
Number symbol 2 Plastics
HDPE is a versatile plastic with many uses, especially for packaging. It carries low risk of leaching and is readily recyclable into many goods.
HDPE (high density polyethylene)
Found in: Milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; some trash and shopping bags; motor oil bottles; butter and yogurt tubs; cereal box liners
Recycling: Picked up through most curbside recycling programs, although some allow only those containers with necks.
Recycled into: Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables, fencing
Number Symbol 3 Plastics
PVC is tough and weathers well, so it is commonly used for piping, siding and similar applications. PVC contains chlorine, so its manufacture can release highly dangerous dioxins. If you must cook with PVC, don´t let the plastic touch food. Also never burn PVC, because it releases toxins.
V (Vinyl) or PVC
Found in: Window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows, piping
Recycling: Rarely recycled; accepted by some plastic lumber makers.
Recycled into: Decks, paneling, mudflaps, roadway gutters, flooring, cables, speed bumps, mats
Number Symbol 4 Plastics
LDPE is a flexible plastic with many applications.
LDPE (low density polyethylene)
Found in: Squeezable bottles; bread, frozen food, dry cleaning and shopping bags; tote bags; clothing; furniture; carpet
Recycling: LDPE is not often recycled through curbside programs, but some communities will accept it. Plastic shopping bags can be returned to many stores for recycling.
Recycled into: Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, lumber, landscaping ties, floor tile
Number Symbol 5 Plastics
Polypropylene has a high melting point, and so is often chosen for containers that must accept hot liquid. It is gradually becoming more accepted by recyclers.
Found in: Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, medicine bottles
Recycling: Number 5 plastics can be recycled through some curbside programs.
Recycled into: Signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays
Number Symbol 6 Plastics
Polystyrene can be made into rigid or foam products -- in the latter case it is popularly known as the trademark Styrofoam. Evidence suggests polystyrene can leach potential toxins into foods. The material was long on environmentalists´ hit lists for dispersing widely across the landscape, and for being notoriously difficult to recycle. Most places still don´t accept it, though it is gradually gaining traction.
Found in: Disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, compact disc cases
Recycling: Number 6 plastics can be recycled through some curbside programs.
Recycled into: Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, carry-out containers
Number Symbol 7 Plastics
A wide variety of plastic resins that don´t fit into the previous categories are lumped into number 7. A few are even made from plants (polyactide) and are compostable. Polycarbonate is number 7, and is the hard plastic that has parents worried these days, after studies have shown it can leach potential hormone disruptors.
Found in: Three- and five-gallon water bottles, ´bullet-proof´ materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers, nylon
Recycling: Number 7 plastics have traditionally not been recycled, though some curbside programs now take them.
Recycled into: Plastic lumber, custom-made products
Please support our All our Commercial Collection Partners;
New 2011 Business Recycling Collection Partners;
- Pretoria Country Club - fifteen new recycling bins
- Protea Hotel Capital - four large 770litre mixed recycling bins - Central Pretoria quality accommodation
- ITS Engineers – Four Recycling bins (specialists in traffic and transportation engineering )
- Vorster & Brandt Inc – Attorneys , Conveyancers , notaries
- Pinkmatter Solutions – Software and Engineering designers
- Embassy of Ecuador
- Feather Tree B& B in Centurion
- Smile Care Dental Specialists
- Village B&B in hatfield
- Peter’s Guesthouse – Equestria
- Air Goes - air conditioners, heating systems, cooling systems, refrigeration and maintenance
- Minuteman Press in Hatfield – Copying and printing service
- Parc Nouveau Office Park - Brooklyn
As always ongoing thanks to all our loyal Partners throughout 2010
- BAE Systems (Advanced defence, security and aerospace systems)
- Nouveau Consulting (Certified Insurance Training)
- Delphius CIT (Design, manufacture and maintenance of industrial microwave and RF applications)
- Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Economic research institution)
- ALM Properties
- Lynnwood Glen Animal Clinic
- Dynamic Alternatives (Close Protection Security Services & training)
- Bert du Plessis Chartered Accountants - Centurion
- Centurion Eye Hospital
- Clubview Guest House - Clubview
- Craison Hygiene
- Dunkelly B&B - Irene
- Embassy and Residences of Austria
- Embassy and Residences of Denmark
- Embassy and Residences of Finland
- Embassy and Residences of Sweden
- Genop Healthcare
- Greenlea Guest House & Conference Centre - Irene
- Happy Hands Nursery - Irene
- Lifestyle Management Centre
- Mandevco Consultants
- Midrand Special Steels
- Pete’s Guest House - Zwartkop
- Product One (Microsoft Development Partner)
- Pumpkin Nursery - Brooklyn
- Wild Olive Guest House - Clubview
Please contact me Bruce Richards - firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your feedback.