Plastics are one of the most environmentally unfriendly products that exist.Plastics are generally made from petrochemicals (crude oil and natural gas) and require large amounts of energy (more burning of fossil fuels) to produce the final plastic product. Once the plastic item has served it's purpose, unfortunately a lot of it ends up in land fill as less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled, compared to almost 90% of metals.
Of the plastics that were recycled, a lot of past recycling techniques simply involved breaking down the plastic into a less useful plastic. In other words, while a glass bottle can be recycled to a new glass bottle, the same is not possible for a plastic bottle. However, thanks to new technology, this is no longer the case.
It started as a garage project in 1992 and is now four (USA, UK, China and Austria) of the most advanced plastics recycling facilities on the planet that can recycle any type of plastic back to a similar form to that created initially using crude oil. The man to thank is Mike Biddle and his company MBA Polymers (www.mbapolymers.com).
Who better to tell you about the company and the process than the man himself:
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