T-1Print’s greener approach makes perfect sense for both business and environmental sustainability. Contrary to popular belief, going greener doesn’t necessarily result in increased costs. We have reduced our manufacturing inputs and recorded an actual cost saving by going greener with plastics handling and recycling. How did we achieve this? Through implementing better production practices and collaborating with our recycling partners. Platstic usage is widespread in the garment printing industry. A large proportion of T-shirts arriving at our factory prior to printing are packed in plastics which have to be stored and made ready for recycling. We have recently installed a Mil-Tek compactor for the purpose of reducing the volume of plastics and preparing the plastic waste into tightly packed bales for our recycling partner, Plastic Forests based in Albury. We are collecting and compressing 1440kg of plastic per year. The compactor makes plastic bales which weigh 120kg. Six dense plastic bales weighing a total of 720kg fit neatly onto a pallet ready for collection. The bales are picked up twice per year at a cost of $302.00 per pickup totalling $604.00 per year. This equates to a cost of $11.62 per week compared to $120.00 per week when we were disposing of uncompressed plastics with bin disposal. Prior to the Mil-Tek compactor being installed we required weekly pickups of bins 4.5 cubic metres in volume at a cost of $120.00 per bin. The annual cost using weekly bin pick ups was $6240.00 per year. Since installing the compactor we have reduced our overall disposal costs with an annual savings of $5636.00 per year. Being able to compact used plastic packaging for recycling also reduces environmental impact, saves valuable time arranging pickups and reduces the number of truck journeys to and from our factory. Additional to these benefits is the fact that these plastics are ready for recycling and do not end up in landfill. So how does the Mil-Tek baler work? Recyclable materials are loaded into the machine through the front door. Once sufficiently filled, the door is closed and a switch is activated which results in the pressing plate compacting the material inside. When the machine is full, banding is used to easily tie off the bale, which then can be stored on a pallet, awaiting collection.
About Mil-Tek & Plastic Forests
Who is Mil-Tek and what does the company specialise in? Founded in Denmark in 1992, Mil-Tek is the leading supplier and manufacturer of small-footprint pneumatic balers and compactors worldwide. The company specialise in providing closed-loop waste solutions using their vast range of equipment. Pneumatic means air-powered, so all you need to run the baler is an air-compressor or other air supply. These are also the world’s safest balers, with Mil-tek never having used their liability insurance in 27 years of operation. Who is Plastic Forests and how and how is this plastic reused? Plastic Forests is a leading Australian plastic film recycling company that became the first company globally to commercialise a unique dry-cleaning process to recycle contaminated plastic films without using water. This plastic film is recycled into resin. It is then sold back into the plastics industry or manufactured by Plastic Forests into a range of sustainable GreenMongrel products including underground cable cover, garden edging and root barrier.