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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

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

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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

Plasticity Forum to Host 8th International Plastics Sustainability Conference in Anaheim

The Plasticity Forum presents ideas and opens up discussions on how to harness this material in new ways, both “pre” and “post” consumer use. The forum addresses design, materials, innovations, reuse and waste reduction in the aim of encouraging further innovation and collaboration, and there is no event quite like it in the world where this cross section of experts in the space come together to share knowledge and build collaborations.

It is open to innovators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, packaging producers, recyclers, waste-to-fuel companies, brand leaders, retailers and manufacturers, educators, think tanks, government agencies, designers and investors.

Plasticity Forum to Host 8th International Plastics Sustainability Conference in Anaheim

Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

Brand owners and major retailers are responding to consumer demands and increasingly stepping up to “do the right thing” environmentally as they publicly commit to sustainable food packaging. These initiatives are designed to reduce packaging waste and encourage a shift to the circular economy.

The goal of the circular economy – currently a better-known concept in Europe than in North America – is to move from our traditional take-make-dispose economy, to one that has a closed loop, where materials, nutrients and data are continuously repurposed. One impact of such a concept is that it encourages greater use of biopolymers and recycled content in all appropriate types of packaging, including in food and beverage packaging.

Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

"Plasticity Light" on Facebook Live - Summary Session for the Public at Earth Day Texas

Watch the “Plasticity Light” session, held on Saturday for the public at Earth Day Texas (April 22nd). You can view the 90min session on Facebook Live, starting at the 1hr 25min mark.

This was a summary of Plasticity, with a few of our conference speakers: Stuart Clark of FOY Group, Trish Hyde of the Australian Packaging Covenant, Rachael Miller of Rozalia Project, Alvaro De Marichalar, and Bob Grace, of RC Grace Ltd., and Doug Woodring, Founder of the Plasticity Forum.

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic is among the most common types of pollution on Earth and is rapidly making its way into the oceans. Research published in the journal Science estimated that at least 5.3 million tons of plastic debris entered the world’s oceans in 2010.

On Friday, several environmentalists, financial experts and companies that manufacture and use plastic will meet in Dallas to work on tackling plastic pollution and potentially slow that flow.

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale
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