Plastic Bottle Recycling

this program is made possible by support from the city of Murrieta California Marietta the gem of the valley on this episode of curiosity quest I’m walking on thousands and thousands of plastic bottles they’ve been shredded Blake’s washed and ground that’s right we’re watching now the recycled plastic bottles you know if you throw these plastic bottles in a trash can they’ll just end up in a landfill however if you recycle all these plastic bottles I wonder if they can become I’m Joel Green and welcome to curiosity quest goes green the show that explores where you’re curious about well Quinn in Southern California is curious about the same topic he wrote dear Joel my quest idea is recycling plastic bottles will Quinn together let’s find out what these plastic bottles will become on today’s curiosity quest all right so I’m here if we’re dean from glitter plastics now the Dean tell us will you get all these plastic very strong well those battles usually get them from the consumer that they go to any source of recycling centers and they redeem em they get their money back and then at the end they end up going to processing yards where they take them and bail them and we end up buying them by the box like two or three million pounds a month oh my goodness and so these quotes of places like we get a familiar with the states there’s this small recycling centers there’s big blessing that from a nova and also from curbside companies that people usually don’t go to the stores to recycle they just put them in the plastic bins and we dip dig into passing yards power cycle is a plastic bottle the whole bottle is recyclable the caps is recyclable the plastic bottle is recyclable the labels on the plastic bottles are recyclable with everything our process that we are using the hundred percent that the bottles that we use from the first consumer if we are being washed and are being used as sheets and at the end being recycled 100 percent see if there’s nothing that becomes I don’t I thought when we do the sheet line and we added to make a cheap we don’t add anything else we don’t add the resin we’re gonna tell us we don’t have anything it just comes from our work like let’s see some of this process here how our plastic bottles recycle put in a dumpster they put them in they melt them they go in a big machine and they get mixed together and cleaned out kinda and then put back together into like bottles or something like that they’re recycled by getting them all together and they go into the this warehouse and this warehouse has a conveyor belt and on this conveyor belt they go into like this real hot heating element that that melts them all down I put them in the can in the buckets then I take it to a company and then they give me money for

that’s why this all right so they need that then then I’m hearing what is that that’s the grinded sound that’s the bottles being drowned inside okay now obviously the green is being drowned by one Rider and in the past the clear is another yes so at this point they’re all together being grounded in the grinder and then it’s going to be blown directly to the wash line and that’s when the process begins of the washing part okay and they go through these tubes that I’m looking at above us and yes correct the tubes that we looked at are basically to send it to the wash line but also there’s a pipe in there that sends the floats the labels into a compactor outside the wash line so now we’re gonna go watch it being washed making an F bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually that’s enough to fuel 100,000 cars for one year doing here is that the silo is where the flag is being small the woman’s all drive between to be clean no just no label

look at all these diamonds maybe to you right let’s go it goes it’s alright alright so what are we gonna do it all these plastic bottles in the sheets what is going through and get recycled again plastic bottles do something when you put it right back we grinded I’d sooner D we saw obviously the the bottles turning into products and these are the caps what do you do with all these caps but do you know when you go to his phone and you buy plants the plants you mean the black pops this will become even though some of this orange yellow and they take it all and really okay so now what do I do with this big handful of put it back in the bag well in the bag how about if I put it in our new product how about that that’s okay so and these are some of the strawberry cases that the plastic sheets that we created we can I say we because I you know a part of the process here today right although you’ve told me not to do things warned you told me to do things today but anyhow so this is one of our products huh what can you make from a recycled plastic bottle or like something that’s plastic about anything out of pasty I mean I was made out of plastic other plastic stuff other cans toy house sculpture a plastic doll alright so we made our way out to Hawks normal we’re at pinnacle plastics how you doing seeing welcome good to see them thank you for having us we’re going to take these rules that we’re going to do something with them huh yeah we’re going to make some container and hopefully we’re going to make some good ones before we get started we have a lot of rolls behind us here how many of these will you go through in a day typically each machine can run about 15 rolls a day and we have five machines seventy-five role today enough inventory so that the machine song all right so we’re gonna get started the process and what are we going to be making right now okay what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna turn you as a forklift operator you’re gonna be responsible for floating

a roll at the end of the Machine process daddy and then you’re going to be the cucm packer at the back end verification and making sure the products looking good fun fact fun facts fun facts here’s your buddy bet last year the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but only recycled 38 we’re watching Wheel let’s go back Thank you very so Steve I notice that it’s coming out in increments it’s not a little bit Attica yes this is the machine is index indexing an amount of material that equals two the amount that will conform which is basically the size of the mold that’s in this machine if you have a 20 inch mold you have a 20 inch thin deck and that’s what you’re seeing in electronically with eyes and sensor that determined the length of the index the operator said back at the beginning of each job for the mold so that we have exactly the amount of material you I don’t need to pull 24 inches for a 20 inch fold this distance right here alright so it’s obviously going down we have a loop here justice so that we don’t have the material type tensioning it against itself we have a loop and there’s a sensor there that tells the Machine I don’t have plastic give me some more that’s your simple food control fun fact fun fact in fact the energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190 thousand homes part of the machine actually makes the part let’s see it kind of popping out right behind it I mean it’s often about 15 yes and this few cycles a minute fifteen times right part of the machine so it’s more than they’re warm all is cool there soon enough and not distort in this case we’re making strawberry containers strawberry containers have holes in them the top is the punch for dies up here fun fact fun facts fun facts classic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year we’re exiting the punch press and all of the vent holes are now you may ask what happens you ate all of the punch strap and as you’ll see later this goes back into the extrusion process and makes more rolls so you’re recycling the pieces you’re taking right now all of the scrap that comes off of this line gets reused and gets converted back into

recycled material roll stock so now at this point the strawberry containers are they done we still have one one more operation to go so this is a machine that yes now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take out of the web tell you what we do with this as well you that’s no good I shall speed this is all the stuff that’s not being used right this is all the scrap that was generated from the other the other processes nothing gets thrown away it all gets accumulated and it comes over here to scrap recovery what we do in this process is we will grind this down and put it back into roll stock so it’s a continuous loop we don’t throw anything away so we have a hundred percent recycled and a hundred percent recycled so not only the plastic bottles recycled we started with this and turn it into this now we’re going to take this so we’re going to grind it again and turn it into this or something out something out of it all it all ends here but it then it continues because these packages will go out into the marketplace they’ll get recycled by the consumer again and you’ll start that whole loop that you saw the murk through the wash line an extrusion through forming through scrap recovery the other part goes to the retail sales and we continue the process all along what is polypropylene what that’s when we take the plastic bottles and we fill them with sand and we put the water inside of them and you make a polypropylene that’s another type of plastic it’s just a polymer of a plastic a lot of different chemicals all put together they mix the plastic she is one of the few plastics as properties it allows it cycles without breaking down there are some plastics that you can only do this once or twice with we can introduce reintroduce beauty into the process at a diminishing percentage so that we don’t get to that point where the material doesn’t exhibit the properties that make a good container run back run back run back 14 20 ounce PT bottles yield enough fiber for an extra-large t-shirt remember to recycle your size he presented us we all week live on this absolutely all right so we’re done right yes well no we’re gonna have you joined up some scrap with us you’ve been such a good learner today putting you up on the platform here if you helped create some of the strap and the other building we would like well I get it since I’m a consumer and I was part took part in the consumption process the making but you’re gonna have me recycle it well it’s kind of like we’ve no step leave no trace pack it in pack it out what you created you have me carry all these over here you want me to do something about there’s no free lunch as they say so let’s get you geared up put your sleeves on here his sleeves these are socks you know this those are Kevlar lined sleeves so that you don’t cut yourself on the plastic cut myself on the flour all right wow what an amazing display of how we can recycle can’t hear myself I want to thank everyone here at pinnacle classics in that global for teaching us how they take the products we use every day and recycle them and I especially wanna

thank you Quinn for sending us on today’s Curiosity quest if there’s something that you’re curious about go to kvc are that lourd click on the curiosity quest link and simply tell me what you’re curious about and who knows it could be you that synthesis on our next dream quest remember this is our planet that’s our responsibility to take care of it so I’m curious have you gone green I’m Joel green I’ll see you next time remember to recycle turn this into something else useful this program is made possible by support from the city of Murrieta California Murrieta the gem of the valley