Recycling Plastics Challenged by Constraints of Pricing, Sorting, & Shipping Cost to Landfills & Africa; Machines Are Learning to Sort.

SITUATION:
Much of the plastic dropped in recycling bins isn’t being recycled.
Now the price of plastic has gone down.. Markets are depressed.
Virgin plastic has become far cheaper to buy than recycled plastic.
Quality of recycled plastic products degrade each time they are processed.

SIGNIFICANCE:
Renewed focus on environmental benefits of an effective recycling system.
Recycling producing feedstock for the manufacture of a wide range of products.
However, still only 9% of waste actually get recycled.
Further, China is not buying our Waste materials anymore.

SOLUTIONS:
Diversion of material from landfills advances a more circular economy.
Companies now using machine learning to differentiate different kinds of waste.
The core capability is to recycle waste including plastic for profit & the environment.
Latest is that there are plans to ship waste to Kenya and Africa. from the industry.

Three kinds of Waste for Recycling: [Or Waste to Energy programs]

  • Municipal Solid Waste – materials including plastics, cartons, cardboard, cups, aluminum, and thin film.
  • Electronic Waste various metals, batteries, capacitors, fused material, PCBs, plastics, and wire.
  • Construction & Demolition materials

STATS:
8 M METRIC TONS OF PLASTIC ENTER OCEAN EACH YEAR.
70 systems installed across North America, Japan, and Europe.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2017 was 267.8 M tons, or 4.51 lbs/person /day.
MSW generated, ​around 67 M tons were recycled & 27 M were composted.

SOURCES:
Trash city: Inside America’s largest landfill site” – https://www.cnn.com/2012/04/26/us/la-trash-puente-landfill/index.html

Modern Landfills – https://www.wm.com/us/en/inside-wm/sustainable-technology/modern-landfills

15 Profitable Recycling Businesses You Can Start in 2020-   https://ippei.com/recycling-business/#t-1590490847560

 

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