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Recycling Waste

Just because recycle your waste, doesn't mean that the waste is being recycled.  For example, currently only 5-10% of recycled plastic is being recycled, compared to almost 90% for metal material.  The problem with recycling plastic is the difficult to sort this material.

Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic
Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.

Additional Resources:
  • NPR: Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche
    • Excerpt from the article: "Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.   It all starts with a machine known as the Plastic-Eating Monster. Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. This waste comes from landfills and dumps from all over the United States." (read or listen to the article)
  • NPR: Building Bridges From Plastic Shampoo Bottles
    • Excerpt from the article: "Discarded plastic shampoo and juice bottles are finding new life in unlikely places—as bridges, railroad ties and pilings. Jim Kerstein, CTO and founder of Axion International, talks about how his company transforms plastic waste into structures strong enough to support trucks, trains and tanks." (read or listen to the article)
  • OW2.0:Plastic to Oil Fantastic
    • From the video description: "The Japanese company Blest has developed one of the smallest and safest oil-to-plastic conversion machines out on the market today. It's founder and CEO, Akinori Ito is passionate about using this machine to change the way people around the world think about their plastic trash. From solving our landfill and garbage disposal issues to reducing our oil dependency on the Middle East, his machine may one day be in every household across Japan." (watch the video)