For consumers and companies alike, recycling plastic waste is becoming an increasingly important consideration when it comes to buying goods and producing them. Traditionally, very few plastics were recyclable which meant that the production of new, virgin plastic resins was necessary.
Despite this, there has been a push from the global consumer to cut down on the number of plastics created and used, due to the negative impact that these materials are known to have on the environment; Not only do these materials occupy a large percentage of the volume in landfill sites, but also leach toxins into the surrounding environment.
A chief cause of concern for the industrial and commercial sectors is that even when recycled and reprocessed, plastic waste is not as strong or pure as the virgin plastic resin. This can mean that for certain items, the structural quality of the material is not sufficient or desirable. With recent advances in technology, however, this has changed dramatically.
Many industry leaders in plastic waste-recycling have developed methods of recycling all types of plastics, from the common PVC and HDPE to the less common acrylic and polycarbonate. Nowadays, more than ever, purchasing high quality recycled plastic is becoming possible for many industries. So what are the benefits that recycled plastic can bring?
The first aspect, and undoubtedly the most important, is that the recycling of plastic waste is less destructive to the environment. Companies that have ‘green’ ethics at the heart of their company policies now have the option to reduce their environmental impact more so than ever before. Because of this, fewer toxic plastic products find their way into landfill and the environment.
It is also worth noting that companies looking to improve their public image can also benefit from buying reprocessed plastics made form recycled plastic waste. As the move to greater plastic recycling comes mostly from the consumer, the general public is more particular than ever before, often choosing environmentally-friendly products over those that are not.
By using recycled plastic waste products, companies can not only embrace green ethics and protect the environment around them, but can also draw in new clients, make their products more attractive to consumers and pave the way for success in an increasingly environmentally-conscious market.
One of the major advantages of using reprocessed plastic resin made from recycled plastic waste is that is an increasingly cost effective option compared to buying virgin plastic resin. This is down to the simple fact that it consumes far less energy to reprocess and recycle plastic waste than to create entirely new plastic resins.
This, as can be expected, reduces overall cost of the products. This can be particularly interesting for companies that use typical materials such as PVC or Polyethylene – these commonly recycled materials are easy to get hold of and will be generally very budget-friendly, depending on fluctuations in the global recycled plastic market.
It is also worth noting that this use of less energy to recycle than to create has a wider impact on society as well as the environment; with 70% of US natural gas currently used to make virgin plastic resin, creating less plastic will free up these limited resources for other uses, such as supplying residential areas or facilitating essential industry processes.
From making savings and economizing natural national resources to reducing impact on the environment, there are many advantages when it comes to choosing to purchase recycled plastic resin instead of virgin resin. It is also a great opportunity for companies to improve their public image and pave the way to success in an environment-focused consumer-driven market.
The truth is that the recycling of plastic waste is now at stage where reprocessed materials are of a higher quality than ever before, meaning that there is no reason why commercial and industrial manufacturers should not consider this as a viable option that will set them up for future success.
Northwest Polymers is an industry leader in post-industrial plastic recycling. This leadership position has been established with a broad asset and experience base in plastic recovery capabilities combined with an extensive knowledge of the secondary plastics marketplace. This combination of assets and expertise allows Northwest Polymers to offer unique and comprehensive solutions for the designing, building and managing of systems that transform industrial plastic waste into a sustainable, reusable raw material. Based in Molalla, Oregon, Northwest Polymers is the largest recycler of Vinyl and PVC in the Western United States, and has recently expanded its capabilities to include specialized processing and solution based marketing of materials such as Polyethylene, Polypropylene, ABS and Styrene. Find out more at: http://www.nwpoly.com/