The largest portion of non-metal waste consists of waste paper, wood, plastics, glass and textile.
Waste paper is the most important raw material for the paper industry since more and more paper is recycled. The same waste paper can be recycled as much as six times before it becomes useless for further recovery. At Surovina we collect and prepare 8 types of paper for reuse. Collection and processing of waste paper has a long history in our company. A high capacity waste paper processing line is located at our business unit in Maribor.
Wood as a secondary raw material is gaining in importance, since it represents a large portion of waste in companies. Its processing often starts in our business units where unwanted admixtures, such as iron particles, films and paper, are extracted. Wood cleaned in this way is then delivered to the wood processing industry to be either added to their products or to be processed into wood briquettes as an important source of energy.
Plastic materials have been a part of our lives for several decades. The large volume of plastic waste generated every day can usually be recycled into secondary raw materials. A characteristic feature of plastic is its ability to be reused for technologically less demanding products than those for which it was originally used. A large percentage of plastic is recycled from waste packaging.
PET - plastic bottles and plastic packaging for storing beverages
HDPE - plastic bottles for liquids in non-food industry
FOLIJE - coloured and colourless plastic foils
ABS - mostly products of higher strength and resistance to external influences
PVC - up until recently the most commonly used type of plastic, is being replaced by more environmentally friendly materials due to its chlorine content
Glass recyclates are sorted into two main sub-categories: flat glass (car glass and window glass) and glass containers. Glass waste is collected in special containers, mostly on eco islands in communities and at collection centres.