Wide world of plastics recycling

Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

June 13, 2014

A U.K. group looks to score more recycling fans during the World Cup, and a startup sees an opportunity for worldwide poverty alleviation in plastic marine debris. It's all in our global roundup.

For the next month soccer fans around the world – yes, even Americans – are going to be crowded around televisions with friends and family to root on their favorite teams in the 2014 World Cup. To the U.K.'s waste reduction group, WRAP, that means "lots of extra waste," especially plastic waste in the form of bottles and those ever-popular red party cups. In response, the organization launched a month-long campaign to encourage recycling in local communities. A World Cup recycling packet, complete with tips and educational materials, is available through WRAP's website.

A startup, called The Plastic Bank, has made its first fully recycled item out of ocean plastic. The wrench, which was made using a 3D printer, is a sign of things to come for the group, which plans to set up shop in developing countries and offer cash and the opportunity to make something useful from a 3D printer in exchange for collected plastic from beaches and waterways.

Despite a string of attempts to boost recycling awareness in the U.K., Coca-Cola Enterprises says more needs to be done to educate the public about the merits of recycling and the recycling process. "There is a bit of mistrust and some misconceptions about what happens to materials once it leaves your recycling bin," the beverage giant's director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Joe Francis, said during a recent presentation in London. "There is a huge opportunity to really tell that story in a much more powerful way."

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