Visit to Hollingdean Recycling Facility

Do you know that a tonne of recycled paper saves 17 trees, that 24 2-litre plastic pop bottles will make one adult fleece or that in less than 2 hours the UK produces enough rubbish to fill the Albert Hall? These are a few of the facts we learned at the club’s visit to the Hollingdean Recycling Facility in Brighton where thirteen of us toured the premises on Tuesday, 11th June.

Following an introductory video and safety presentation we were kitted out in in safety gear and then guided through the recycling process from start to finish by the Facility Manager, Steve Usher.  Hollingdean is one of the smaller facilities that deal with rubbish and recycling around East Sussex, Here It processes the contents of the recycling bins and sacks and sends general rubbish to the energy recovery centre at Newhaven where it is used to produce electricity for the grid network. As the collection vehicle dumps its load the contents pass through a complex system of conveyor belts, a separation drum to size the material, an air knife to blow light material off the belt, a magnet separator to take out metal cans, an optical sorter which identifies and separates different plastics and aluminium and several manual sorting stations to take out unwanted and inappropriate material. At the end of the process the material is then sorted into like material and can be baled up for transport to further processing factories such as paper-mills. Material identified as unsuitable for recycling is bagged and sent to the energy recovery centre thus ensuring that nothing goes to land-fill.

In other countries, they do it differently.... see the Youtube video below for Singapore's exciting journey of trash