Circular economy in the plastics industry
The plastics industry is playing a key role in the new circular economy model. The plastics sector has embraced this model as an opportunity to use ecodesign to market more sustainable products, and to improve management systems and recycling processes to recover waste for reuse as a raw material. Moreover, plastic materials are allies in the fight against climate change because they can reduce more CO2 emissions than other materials.
Eco-leasing, product customization, better waste management and ICT tools for bidirectional communication between manufacturers, consumers and waste managers will help reduce the 12 million tonnes of waste produced by this sector each year.
For a long time, we have used a linear model, in which products are produced, used and then become waste. This situation is unsustainable. The system needs to change to a circular economy, which redefines the growth model by integrating environmental...
In financial year 2019, the technology centre presented more than 80 circular economy projects, taught 25 courses on the topic and sponsored 26 talks by AIMPLAS experts.