Globally, the need to find an effective and environmentally friendly way to dispose of or repurpose waste plastics and other petroleum-derived materials has reached a crisis point. Although detailed historical information on the amount of discarded plastic is not readily available, some have estimated that by 2015 6300 million metric tons (Mt) – 6.3 billion metric tons – of plastic waste had been generated globally. Of this, 9% had been recycled, 12% incinerated, and 79% had accumulated in landfills or leaked into the environment. If trends continue, it is expected that 12,000 Mt of discarded plastic will be in landfills or leak into the environment by 2050. Without a well thought out plan to manage discarded plastics, the planet will soon have to contend with billions of metric tons of discarded plastic. Currently cities, municipalities, counties, and the business sector are facing escalating costs of plastic waste disposal, a crisis in landfill management, and political backlash with their inability to properly manage plastics.
Businesses and other organizations around the globe are increasingly looking for better ways to recover plastic waste. Using its patent pending technology, Plastonix works with organizations on a fee-for-service basis in order to help them transition to a zero-waste plastic economy. Contact Plastonix to discuss your consulting requirements.