ISM are responsible for managing the recycling of all types of waste in line with environmental guidelines.
Industry and commerce dispose of approximately 8.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard in the UK each year! Every tonne of recycled cardboard saves 17 trees, 2 cubic yards of landfill capacity and 4100 Kw/hours of electricity!
There are about 50 different groups of plastics, with hundreds of different varieties. Most types of plastic are recyclable. Because most plastics are non-degradable, they take a long time to break down, possibly up to hundreds of years - although no-one knows for certain as plastics haven't existed for long enough.
All grades of metal can be recycled for future use. Before it is recycled, metals are sorted into ferous and non-ferrous types. Ferrous metal includes Iron and Steel, non-ferrous includes aluminium, copper, stainless-steel, brass and lead to name but a few.
ISM can recycle all types of uncontaminated timber. Grades include such items as timber pallets, timber boxes, floorboards, chipboard, fencing, plywood, furniture etc.
ISM can recycle various types of glass which must be suitable for reprocessing. The general principle for glass recycling is, like the other categories, that the glass should be as clean and contaminent free as possible. Grades include such items as bottles, jars, windows, drinking glasses etc.
It is estimated that more than 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are recyclable. ISM can recycle all textiles which must be suitable for reprocessing including redundant fabrics, clothing etc.
Hardcore rubble can be recycled into usable aggregates. These waste streams come to us on skip wagons from industrial and demolition sites, it is tipped and then crushed to produce various grades of aggregates to be reused on construction sites.