Bulka bags can be effectively reused, reconditioned or recycled which reduces plastic production and petroleum demand as well as diverting waste from landfill.
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Bulka bags, also known as FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) or bulk bags, are made from polypropylene, which is derived from petroleum. Reusing or recycling bulka bags reduces the demand for plastic production and oil, a non-renewable resource. Other reasons to recycle bulka bags include a growing commitment to corporate environmental responsibility, rising landfill costs and the decision by some councils to prohibit the disposal of certain plastic products.
Bulka bags can be reused (approximate life span of 3 years) and many suppliers offer services for reconditioning or recycling, predominately through off-shore facilities.
What Happens When It's Recycled?
Reuse: Bulka bags are strong and durable and the majority are designed to be reused.
Refurbishment: Bulka bags are collected and, where needed, ties and cord locks are replaced, stitching repaired and holes are patched.
Recycling: Used bulka bags are collected, compressed and bailed for transport to a recycling facility. Here the bags are cleaned of contaminants and processed into small chips. These chips are re-extruded into secondary plastic products such as new bulka bags or planter pots.