Recycling Plastics Presents Challenges
In the spirit of being environmentally responsible, we want to recycle our plastic waste. But there are some challenges that we can face.
- for many products has a limited lifetime until the quality of the recycled material has fallen below acceptable levels.;
- can take more energy and water than using virgin materials; and
- lastly, facilities may be located far away resulting in huge transportation impacts even to get the products to the recycling facility.
Therefore, the recycled materials may cost more than the virgin material resulting in weak demand for that product stream. The items we dispose of as consumers into recycling bins may not even end up in recycling, but rather in a landfill.
Share your examples of how you have overcome a challenge in recycling plastics.
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