The Future of Plastics: Reclaim, Recycle, Repeatide
A new recycling process technology could help contribute to an environment with less plastic waste.
You have probably seen the recycling triangle: Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Plastic circularity is the next generation of that concept.
“The goal is to be able to use the plastic infinitely,” Carrie Eppelheimer of Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions said.
Today: Mechanical recycling
Current mechanical recycling technology is limited in the kinds of plastics that can be recycled. As a result, a critical solution is needed for recycling more plastic waste to avoid potential adverse long-term global impacts to ecosystems, food supply and human health.
“They’re still showing up in our waterways and rivers, and they’re leaking out of landfills,” Eppelheimer said of plastics. “We have a waste plastic challenge with these lightweight materials getting into the environment in ways that we need to solve.”