This George Town based company is doing some great work in recycling plastics. They are one of just three companies in Australia that does the complete recycling process from taking the discarded plastic items and converting them into new products. Currently they concentrate on high Density Polyethelene – HDPE (rigid plastics such as pipes and parts from fish farms) but will be expanding to soft plastics (LDPE). This will include plastic bags that are a big issue for the environment. They are unique because they collect, recycle and manufacture plastic waste all under one roof.
Our biggest problem is sorting. Currently we’re told NOT to put soft plastics into recycling – mainly because there are so many different types of soft plastic and they need to be sorted before they can be processed – and that costs more than the value of the recovered materials – but there is technology on the horizon that will automate this process – and make it viable.
Did you realise that biodegradable bags are a big problem? I used to think that they are good for the environment – no way! They break down into microplastics which still stay in the environment and work their way into the food chain – several states in Australia are currently banning them. Another big issue is that these bags harm the recycling process if they get mixed in with the normal plastic bags – and as they are difficult to tell apart it has become issue – hence the ban.
Read more about recent upgrades for Envorinex here.