To protect their customers against Covid-19, Ladbrokes installed thousands of Sneeze Screens in their shops all over the UK.
When the government advised they no longer were compulsory, we were tasked with the removal of these screens.
It would have been easy to send these to landfill, however we partnered with MPS to ensure these plastic sheets and metal feet were recycled responsibly.
Every single kilogram of collected material was recycled.
So, how does it work?
The steel feet (as seen in photo below), are sent to the steel makers, who then melt this metal back down to be re-made into something else.
The plastics are shredded and granulated, and granules are used for inclusion in the next plastic item being manufactured.
The science-y part:
Polymers, which make up plastic, are made from oil. This means they can be melted down and reconstituted into the same material. By doing this, it avoids having to extract the oil, a finite earth resource, from the ground again. This recycled material is used to make new items, which as a result have a lower carbon footprint than brand new material would.
In total, we saved 425 TONNES of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Just over 40,000 KG of metal was recycled, alongside just under 30,000 kg of plastic.
Pretty impressive, right?
It’s never been more important that you ensure your suppliers understand the importance of re-use and recycling, and have sustainable processes.