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How Does a Bottle Recycling Depot Work?

July 08, 2020

A household’s trash can be considered a treasure at your recycling depot in Adelaide. Many of us know about the importance of recycling. However, only a few people understand how the full recycling process works. That is why many wonder what happens to their bottles at their Adelaide recycling depot?


The plastic bottles, cans and cartons that do not get recycled can end up in the ocean or on the streets. They make up a large portion of the litter lying around us.


Most types of plastic are not biodegradable. They will not decompose in landfills. That is why you shoulsend your plastic bottles to an Adelaide recycling depot. There, your bottles will be recycled and eventually turned into new products.Here is what happens to your bottles through that long journey from the recycling depot to the store shelves.




Thanks to the South Australian Governments container deposit scheme, an increasing number of plastic bottles gets recycled every year. People are encouraged to bring their bottles and cans to an Adelaide recycling depot to get paid in return. An estimate of around 600 million drink containers gets returned by South Australians for refund and recycling every year.


Plastic bottles, along with other drink containers, are collected at Adelaide recycling depots through their waste drop-off and pick-up services. Once received, the staff of the recycling depot sorts the recyclables.




Before sending the items to an Adelaide recycling facility, every bottle gets prepared first. The workers at the recycling depot make sure all bottles do not have caps. If the bottles are not dry and clean, they rinse them on site.


The staff of your Adelaide recycling depot will count all the bottles eligible for refund and hand you the total amount in cash. To find out which bottles will make you money, check the labels on them. It should state: ‘10¢ refund at collection depots when sold in SA.




To get the bottles ready for recycling, they are compressed under high pressure into cubes called bales. It makes it easier to transfer the bottles from your Adelaide recycling depot to the correct recycling station. There, your plastic bottles will gain a new life as pipes, buckets, carpets and of course, new plastic bottles.


At Thorntons Recycling, we are passionate about the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. That is why we have established our bottle and can collection depot over forty years ago. We wanted to provide Adelaide residents and business with an easy and effective recycling service. Today, our recycling depot accepts significant amounts of recyclable materials.


Our state-of-the-art recycling depot is located within ten minutes of the Adelaide CBD. We offer a convenient drive-thru and drop off service there. For our Adelaide business clients, we do also provide a pick-up service.


Save your used bottles from landfills and get paid for your efforts. Visit our Adelaide recycling depot today!




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