Election Sign Talks: Can You Recycle Corflutes? 🗳️
Can You Recycle Corflutes? 🗳️: One important quality responsible voters should look for in politicians is their environmental awareness and concern. This, of course, includes dealing with their election materials. Corflutes, in particular, are known to be used by politicians due to a few reasons. But are they recyclable? Let’s talk about it in this blog.
What qualities do you look for in a politician? Personally, I am quite picky when it comes to voting. Here are some examples of what I look for in a politician:
A politician must be:
- an open book, meaning that they must be transparent to the public
- emotionally stable, which means that they must make sound decisions purely based on logic and research rather than emotions
- honest and no stains of corruption
- responsive to any types of disasters, calamities or the likes
- aware of and concerned for our damaged environment
There is plenty more where that came from, but to summarise, a politician has to have many good qualities to get my vote. The last one, in particular, is something I emphasise to my family or friends asking for advice when it comes to voting. A politician should have some plans to protect our environment better.
However, plenty of politicians, unfortunately, do not have this important quality. In fact, they are quite the opposite, having so much environmental impact due to their election materials such as leaflets, brochures and those sturdy signboards called corflutes. Corflutes, in particular, are something I want to talk about more in this blog.
‘Essential to elections, a scourge to the environment’, says ABC when talking about corflutes.
What are corflutes? Can we recycle these corflutes? Or do we have to have other ways to deal with them? Let’s talk about that and more below.
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Now, let us go on and talk about whether or not we can recycle corflutes.
Can corflutes even be recycled?
First of all, what exactly is a corflute?
A corflute, or a corrugated plastic signboard, is a durable, waterproof material that can withstand the elements such as strong winds. Corflute is commonly used by the real estate industry to advertise local homes, temporary construction sites and, as mentioned, elections.
Corflutes are made of corrugated polypropylene – a type of plastic – usually 3mm or 5mm in width.
Now, the million-dollar question: can you recycle corflutes? The answer is, technically, yes, but only under strict conditions. But unfortunately, you cannot find a lot of corflute recyclers because getting its post-use product requires a complex process and lots of money.
Normal recycling streams cannot handle corflutes. And on the off chance that they do make it there, they are considered as recycling contaminants, more likely than not ruining a batch of recyclables in the process. What makes them hard to recycle or we daresay unrecyclable, even, is that they are made by applying a PVC sticker on the corflute’s front. Moreover, corflute manufacturers put other objects such as eyelets and stakes to hold the sign together, which makes it even less recyclable.
So if you want to recycle corflutes, you have to make sure that it has no sticker, remove the other objects, stack them together and send them to the correct recycling plant.
Are there any other ways to deal with corflutes if you cannot recycle them?
Quick answer: yes, there are.
The first and most obvious way, at least for us here at Waster, is to hold our politicians accountable and make them use other recyclable or renewable products. They also do not need to produce that many corflutes as we have the internet now, wherein they can use it to their advantage and campaign responsibly online.
We can also demand that they should decrease the corflute’s size along with its production. Councils can and should hear us out as they set the rules when it comes to campaigning. And at the end of the day, they are also responsible for the aftermath rubbish the elections produced.
One more thing, politicians can opt to be more environmentally friendly with their corflute and use alternatives that can be recycled. Focus Banners says:
“Boards such as Oppboga or Katz boards are specifically designed to last outdoors. These signs are not meant to last 500 years, just around 12 weeks or the amount of time it takes to run an election campaign. They are sourced from responsibly farmed forests and are recycled in the curbside waste streams. Unlike corflute, outdoor paperboard is completely renewable.”
Instead of thinking about how politicians can save a few bucks (as corflutes are cheaper to mass produce), they should think more of the environment, in our opinion.
What are your thoughts about this? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.
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