This story originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Plastics Recycling Update. Subscribe today for access to all print content.
Prices for natural HDPE bales have increased over the past month, but markets for other recovered plastics have been relatively flat. Mixed-plastic bales continue to trade at record low prices.
At the 2018 Waste Management Sustainability Forum earlier this month, the leader of a startup called Zipline presented an idea that was quite outside the realm of recycling but that could nevertheless help to inspire our industry’s sense of strategic thinking.
More than just being a pivotal year for recycling, I hope 2018 is a pivotal year for humankind. Our survival depends on us protecting “the commons” (our shared land, forests, oceans, air and other natural elements). However, we as a society continue to allow financial reasons to get in the way of fully protecting our most essential resources.