Recycle your PET for money
Created 1/1/2007 12:26:00 AM 
The biggest growth in bottled beverages isn't beer or soft drinks or juices; It's water. Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, that includes alcohol, juices and soft drinks. Per capita consumption has more than doubled over the last decade. While the recycling rate is extremely low, the demand from recyclers is actually quite high.
These so called PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) containers (fizzy drink bottles, cordial bottles, cooking oil bottles), pile up as mountains of waste.
†Recycle Waste Plastic into Crude Oil
Created 6/30/2010 9:17:51 AM 
The era of cheap oil is over - new discoveries are generally harder to find, more expensive to extract, and more expensive to refine. The world is now consuming around 1000 barrels of oil per second, so the prices are likely to remain elevated, over time. On the other hand, the stream of plastic waste is literally drowning us. Now we might be able to shoot two bird with one stone.
Turn E-waste into Clean Electricity
Created 5/19/2010 8:51:46 AM 
You know how all that plastic crap is piling up in our landfills and polluting our oceans? When you think of recycling electronics, no doubt you imagine the old PC or mobile phone being disassembled, and itís metal and plastic parts melted down to be repurposed. But for some people, it means reusing the parts to generate energy.
No Packaging is Better Than Less Packaging
Created 2/2/2010 9:21:41 AM 
A better way to reduce waste created by plastic bags and other packaging than by skipping the stuff altogether, which is precisely what a London grocery shop does. While some packaging is recycled, most ends up in landfill sites and some packaging is just difficult and often impossible to recycle.
The Secret of Turning Plastic back into Oil
Created 12/28/2009 8:20:36 AM 
Today, plastic touches every aspect of our daily lives in some way. It keeps the foods we eat fresh, the medicines we take secure, and the homes we live in safe. The global culture of consumerism relies upon plastic for its very existence. The overall plastic market is growing at a rate of more than 7% per year. In 2005, over 230 million metric tons (over 500 billion pounds) of plastic was produced globally.
Marketplace for Recyclers
Created 12/21/2009 8:24:08 AM 
By eliminating the need to manufacture new products from raw materials, recycling reduces energy use, in turn reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the air. While most plastic can be recycled, all plastic must be separated by type of polymer. Fortunately, recycling centers do this for you, so you donít have to worry about it.
Make Billions Recycling Plastic into New Houses
Created 9/7/2009 8:40:36 AM 
Plastics are a valuable natural resource. They are derived from fossil fuels and are created at substantial energetic and environmental cost. And yet we have come to treat plastic as the ultimate throw-away consumer commodity - using them in an all-pervasive multitude of short-term applications.
The Economics of Bioplastic
Created 7/10/2009 8:42:44 AM 
Bioplastics (also called organic plastics) are a form of plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable oil, corn starch, pea starch or microorganisms, rather than fossil fuel plastics which are derived from petroleum. Because of their biological degradability, their use is especially popular for disposable items, such as packaging and catering items (crockery, cutlery, pots, bowls, straws).
Opportunity Hangers
Created 6/1/2009 8:33:06 AM 
One item touches every article of clothing and is touched by every customer. Itís the ubiquitous, invisible clothing hanger. Itís so prevalent, so insignificant that no one sees it, no one thinks about it, no one cares about what happens to it when it gets thrown into the box under the counter after a sale. Where do all those thousands upon thousands of hangers go at the end of the day? Alarmingly the vast majority end up in landfills via the storeís dumpster. How many hangers are we talking about? The landfilled waste they create world-wide would fill 4.6 Empire State Buildings each and every year. The annually trashed 8 billion invisible plastic and metal hangers entering out municipal waste stream are now becoming a very dire issue.
Spin Garbage into Gold
Created 4/15/2009 8:02:19 AM 
Every year, around 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. That's a lot of bags. So many that over one million bags are being used every minute and they're damaging our environment. They are difficult and costly to recycle and most end up on landfill sites where they take around 300 years to photo degrade. They break down into tiny toxic particles that contaminate the soil and waterways and enter the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them.


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