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Roughly 90% of Today's Plastic is not Being Recycled

Hear a clip from ABC News with Trish Hyde, Director of Plasticity Sydney, on the opportunities to bring recycling and value-added processing back to Australia (and other countries who used to ship a lot to China instead of handling it on their home turf).

Roughly 90% of Today's Plastic is not Being Recycled

Multi-billion dollar plastics recycling potential wasted – Global expert calls for action

In Australia’s case, only 15% of plastics thrown away are recovered, and only half of that is reused in Australia (with the remainder mainly being previously exported to China). Australia is not alone in the struggle to effectively recover plastics, as most countries face similar issues. Mr. Woodring, however, believes that Australia is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in the region, and to exploit business opportunities locally and elsewhere globally. Australia already has successful innovators in this area and is seeing a growing interest in impact investment, governments actively supporting initiatives and Australian’s strongly committed to recycling. What remains is for Australia to capitalize on the new market opportunity before it is too late, and the same could be said for the U.S. and their potential engagement in this global challenge of resource recovery from plastic waste.

Multi-billion dollar plastics recycling potential wasted – Global expert calls for action

Vast Opportunities To “Circulate” Plastic as a Resource

Those who lead the market with bring-back programs, “enlightened procurement”, reverse supply-chains and home “collection” programs will be well suited to inspire, recruit and engage communities.

Vast Opportunities To “Circulate” Plastic as a Resource

Looping Plastic into the Circular Economy

The recovery and circulation of plastic waste, however, also poses some large opportunities for the engaged leaders in business, innovation and policy that see this blight in our environment and waters continuing to grow. Those who lead in the use of bring-back programs, “enlightened procurement” for recycled content, and optimization of reverse supply-chains and home “recovery/collection” programs to complement deliveries, will be well suited to inspire, recruit and engage communities who now recognize unsustainability, but who may not know how to act on it efficiently themselves.

Looping Plastic into the Circular Economy

Energy and Plastic Waste Crisis Could Be Reduced via Waste-to-Energy

Waste-to-energy is not a new concept, yet despite successful operations globally, it is often not on the radar of many governments as an option. This is unfortunate, as the opportunity exists to both effectively remove plastic pollution, while simultaneously supporting some of the local energy needs in the wake of the decommissioning of coal-fired generators. It can also simply help to fill the increased demand of a growing consumer population, and can even be made into road-ready fuel by smart technology like that of Australia’s Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd.

Energy and Plastic Waste Crisis Could Be Reduced via Waste-to-Energy

Plasticity Forum Attracts International Speakers for Discussion on Transforming Plastic Waste Into Valuable Resources

Companies and governments play key roles inspire reduced waste, create new end markets, spur jobs, and improve environments vis-a-vis plastic pollution.

Plasticity Forum Attracts International Speakers for Discussion on Transforming Plastic Waste Into Valuable Resources

China's "National Sword" Policy Strikes the Plastics Circular Economy

Global plastic waste resources which are being exported for recycling are now under threat from China’s new “National Sword” policy which is disrupting the region’s plastic scrap marketplace. Rather than creating doom, this change in circumstances offers new opportunities for both existing recyclers and new businesses which can mobilize domestic innovation, job creation and plastic resource recycling domestically in the countries where the waste is generated.

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China Offers Clues on What Types of Plastics Will be Allowed in to the Country

Post-industrial recycled plastics are on the list of “restricted” imports, meaning they can still head into the country, but post-consumer plastics are another matter. This will cause companies and countries to look at the way they process their waste resource materials, and may drive innovation for onshore treatment. This is very relevant to the discussion at the Plasticity Sydney event on October 31st.

China Offers Clues on What Types of Plastics Will be Allowed in to the Country

ABC Radio Sydney

Radio interview on Wendy Harmer’s show – ABC Radio Sydney on Plasticity Sydney on Oct. 31st.

ABC Radio Sydney

How Catalytic Philanthropy Can Solve Global Waste Issues

Catalytic philanthropy is an opportunity to bridge the funding gap for small businesses and local operators in order to do their jobs effectively if given the equipment for better recycling and material recovery. This equipment is usually too “small” to qualify for bank loans or multilateral funding, and it is not something that venture capital or most other investors will seek out — at least until it is proven “at scale.” Only when small communities can be shown to make large, civic improvement with resource recovery, will replication and expansion of these systems, programs and methods take place.

How Catalytic Philanthropy Can Solve Global Waste Issues
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