Recycling plastic - Japan style

Plastic Waste: According To A New UN Report, About 5 Trillion Plastic Bags Are Used Annually

"It is positive proof of how businesses are taking specific, demonstrable steps towards meeting some of the 21st century's biggest challenges, reducing waste to landfill, recycling more, and reusing everything wherever possible".

Plastic is a major threat to the oceans and to marine and wildlife.

Nearly two years have gone by since new plastic waste management rules came into existence making it compulsory for brand owners and plastic producers and manufactures to establish a system for collecting back the plastic waste, but only 35 units have so far obtained registration under the new rules. Therefore, the ILO's constituents - governments and employers' and workers' organizations - have an important role to play.

Hyundai said its initiatives will focus on reducing the usage of plastics at its manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai and across all its 493 Hyundai dealerships and 1,309 service workshops.

The environment expert also enjoined government to partner with the private sector to invest in waste recycling as this, according to him, is a capital intensive venture. The facility will process 35,000 metric tons of end-of-life plastic per year into 30 million liters of fuel. Something can be done about this and it already has started. There are companies that recycle these bottles. In fact, these are the most recycled products in Kenya after newspapers and aluminum.

"Almost everything around us is packaged in plastics, the eatery, laundry, beverage, electronics, drinks and others are all packaged in plastics whose end products are waste either buried in the soil or littered on water bodies".

He said that revenue, employment generation and a robust environment preservation strategy were some of the key benefits in wastes recycling enterprise. A new aspirational goal of 100 percent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled or recovered by 2040. 2.

A number of plastic manufacturers have internal reprocessing capacity for their own waste and castoffs while some players exclusively rely on waste plastic bottles as their main raw materials. The company's facility, which combines a plastics sorting and processing facility under one roof, takes in mixed-plastic bales and produces pellets for sale into automotive and household goods markets.

This is a more sustainable solution to plastic bottle waste management as the plastic waste collection, by informal actors, presents a more realistic and organic approach. Manufacturers, through KAM, recently signed a Framework of Cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the National Environment Management Authority. Bin2Barrel will use shredders, metal-removal technologies and optical sorters to generate a plastic stream for its Amsterdam pyrolysis plant. "Eaten by livestock, they find their way into the food chain", he added. Living ethically with plastic has become a conflict.

Keeping our environment clean is a marathon and not a sprint, and it is our collective responsibility to make sure we live in a litter-free environment that delivers long-term economic, social and ecological prosperity.

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