Product designers are finding exponentially more applications for plastic materials – replacing easier-to-recycle metals (as well as glass and plant fiber). Yet few have learned how to design products as circular economy solutions, in which parts and materials are purposefully selected for efficient post-customer collection and leveraged for additional applications needing the same parts and materials.
This month I co-led an ISRI workshop on measuring and maximizing the business and environmental benefits of plastics recycling. The workshop was attended by numerous metals recyclers who shared that they view themselves as being at the beginning of a learning curve, and need direction and coaching to ramp up their plastics-recycling efforts efficiency and profitably.
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