China's plan to suspend waste material from the UK and around the world caused tremendous concern and concern for the government towards the end of last year. The scope of the global plastic waste problem was demonstrated to the general public by Blue Planet 2 and the Sky's Plastic Whale initiative.
Plastic bottles are ending up on the beaches. Plastic bottles are found in dolphins. Dolphins are trapped in the plastic thread, and unsuspecting fish ingest microplastics. However, certain forms of plastics have actually had a positive influence on the environment, such as glass-reinforced plastics (GRP), which reduce fuel consumption when used for the construction of aviation.
Suddenly, everyone is concerned about plastic waste, from firms to people, and whether you like it or not, you and your company will begin to be affected by plastic waste. We sense a dip in our consciousness, if we pick up a plastic bag in a market, regardless of the 5p tax or process packaging of non - recyclable plastic material. It's a big deal and while there is a lot of noise around this issue, there are some very specific reasons why it is important to minimize plastic waste, the ways it can help your organization reduce costs, and all without too much pressure.
China's ban on broadcasting imported plastic waste at a time equivalent to that of the Blue Planet 2 programs created real chaos. Nearly two-thirds of thes UK' total waste is shipped to China, leading to more than 2.7 million tons of plastic waste there and to Hong Kong since 2012. (Independent.co.uk). Imports have now ceased and low-quality plastic around recycling yards is now piling up. This indicates, sadly, that half a million tons of hazardous plastic will be burned or sent to landfills. Any of this is a catastrophe and a situation that everyone needs to prevent.
Coca-Cola and several supermarkets are now engaged to do their part and are making improvements and commitments to reduce their waste tremendously by 2030 (100 percent for Coca-Cola). When we look at different stores, food packaging is being redesigned and if we look at how soft drink cans were redesigned, we can see how simple it is to make a little change for a big result. You might not recall, but until the 1970s, after it was opened, the tab that was pressed to open a drink may come off, not be recycled, and end up in the ocean. Such a simple redesign ensures that over a million tons of aluminum waste have been avoided, only because after it has been opened, a tab will remain on a can.
With the world only collecting 14 percent of all the plastic packaging it uses and reusing 2 percent as packaging, there is a massive untapped opportunity for being able to take the plastic off the hands of customers and corporations and reprocess it for its second existence.
Inside the circular economy, the two cycles mentioned are technological and biological. In the case of biological cycles, consumption occurs, which is clearly not true where plastics are concerned. Plastic falls under a technological cycle in which, through techniques such as reuse, repair, and refurbishment, and recycling, sustainable development aims to recover and recycle items, parts, and materials.
Plastic is also used as a liquid or food container, so it has to be washed before recycling can be achieved. Often, to process the plastic into even smaller pieces or so that it is in the correct shape, a granulator can then be required. It can be really useful if the plastic has been reprocessed to the correct size and is safe. Think about these two scenarios-you can recycle plastic as a producer on a massive scale and sell it at a reasonable cost to reap back into the company. Or, you are a recycling waste company and you are one of the few facilities capable of handling such plastics within 50 miles. How much do individuals want to pay to take things off their hands?
Plastic is not slowly disappearing in a moment, and for the sake of the world, it needs to be handled, so why not support society, the earth, and increase revenues.
Let's just recap why it is so necessary to plastic waste and recycling and how it can help your business to grow:
A large percentage is ending up in the water, affecting marine life, or in landfill
China no longer takes 'waste' plastic from other nations, plastic will continue to pile up across India.
For packaged foods, we heavily rely on plastic, new technologies and designs could lead to less plastic being made, which means benefits for manufacturers.