The survey of 5,500 adult consumers across four markets — Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and United States — found that 91% of consumers believe that recycling plastic is beneficial yet 69% said they weren’t recycling enough.
The European Academies Science Advisory Council concluded that “fundamental and systemic reforms are required along the whole value chain.” It also called for an end to the misleading promotion of bio-based alternatives.
Paradoxically, the trend toward so-called “PVC-free” medical devices often results in switching from a single-polymer design to a multi-layer device, making the product hard to recycle.
Up to $25 million is available for high-impact R&D focused on developing new plastics that can be efficiently recycled and improving recycling technologies.
Phosphorus is a key raw material for flame retardants. Recophos Project technology (Recovery of Phosphorus) will open a new route to produce elemental phosphorus with the purest quality, out of secondary “waste” raw materials.
A high potential for contamination in the recyclate makes melt screening, or filtration, critical. Fortunately, there are a lot of options.
The federal government is set to declare plastic a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. That gives legislators the authority to regulate and limit certain products.