U-Pak recovers materials that can help the environment
In addition to collection costs, the funding required to implement a recycling program includes the costs to sort, process and market commodities. Paper can be sorted and baled; mixed containers can be separated into different colors of glass, types of plastic, etc. Processing costs per tonne increase with increases in the number of co-mingled commodities. (See single stream option below)
Processing costs are impacted by how the materials are collected, the type of processing facilities locally available, and a variety of other factors. Revenues received for processed commodities offset program costs but also can fluctuate as commodity market prices change. Striking the right balance between processing costs and program revenues can have a dramatic effect on program economics.
On average, U-Pak processes around 300 tonnes of material per day, including numerous grades of scrap paper, OCC, ferrous and nonferrous metals, cans, glass bottles and PET and HDPE plastic containers. Single-stream recycling is made possible through the use of various mechanized screens and optical and manual sorting technologies. U-Pak utilizes a negative sort line within the MRF to separate all of the various recycle streams.