The Click incorporates pre-sorting trajectory of street litter bins
Why is litter such a stubborn problem and how does the Click make a difference? The pilot project in De Haan shows us how things can be different. Besides creating a shift in mentality, the waste disposal infrastructure and logistics were closely scrutinized. Today, we are testing the pre-sorting of street rubbish that was collected without sorting.
Outside the home, we are increasingly seeing dual rubbish islands in order to collect PMD separately from the rest of the waste. But that PMD does not yield the same high quality as the same bins at home. Therefore, for the test projects run by the Click, we opted deliberately not to replace the street litter bins with waste disposal islands. This meant we had to look for other ways to separate packaging materials out from among the residual waste in order to recycle them. Pre-sorting is one of the possibilities. We are testing this jointly with Renewi, the waste operator.
In De Haan, the contents of the street litter bins are taken to a special pre-sorting centre in Bruges. Here packaging is separated from the rest of the waste. This packaging then follows the usual route to the PMD sorting centre, where it is sorted into various fractions. Finally, each separate fraction heads off to the recycling centre. Take a look here at the video about the four stages of plastic recycling.
The test in De Haan runs until September 2021. So the results will follow. In the meantime, the litter bins in the streets of De Haan have been strikingly decorated to encourage as many people as possible to throw their waste away properly. You’ll join in and click, too, won’t you?
Read the following article about the Click and litter prevention.