From waste to resource: Is this the future for plastic?

A UK firm hopes to add value to plastic as a resource and cut back on CO2 emissions because all the work is carried out locally. Charpak collects plastics and recycles them before making them available again locally Inspired by the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, a region of the UK has created the country’s first local circular economy. The traditional system of getting rid of waste is linear: packaging is made, used and disposed. But the local authority in Cambridgeshire along with a local plastics processor and packaging company have joined together to create a model which is circular. In this way, packaging is removed from bins in the street, cleaned and processed and then recycled back into plastic to be reused by manufacturers and bought by consumers. Recycling plastic is much more energy and time efficient than recycling an alternative, says Charpak The company behind the scheme, Charpak Ltd, has been working on the project for the past 18 months. It became operational early this year and it is hoped it will add value to plastic as a resource and also cut back on CO2 emissions because all the work will be carried out locally. Justin Kempson, sales […]

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