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.