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Doing Your Part to Help Solve Plastic Pollution

While our plastic circularity technology converts hard-to-recycle plastics into Infinitely Renewed Plastics™, there’s plenty more we can all do in our everyday lives to promote more sustainable practices and decrease our carbon footprints. See how you can join us in Inficycling™ to solve plastic pollution.

We Can All Do More

Working Together

It’s never too late to start Inficycling™ and reversing the course of plastic pollution. We started in 2009 and never looked back. Today, we are part of the solution along with companies across the globe, and you can do the same. We envision a day when all plastics are infinitely renewed through our licensed technology or other processes that have not yet been discovered. What matters now is that the movement to a circular plastics economy is real, it’s proven, and it’s effective in solving the world’s plastic pollution problem.

What about Hard-To-Recycle Plastics?

You may have heard that some plastics are harder to recycle than others. This is true — some facilities can’t recycle certain types of plastics due to their material makeup. In general, different types of plastics are categorized by number based on what materials

they’re made of. These numbers can help you identify which plastics you can recycle. At Alterra we are able to recycle these plastic types as a mixture while traditional recycling cannot.

High-density polyethylene

HDPE is made with long unbranched polymer chains. It’s strong, thick, relatively hard, and resistant to impact. It can be subjected to temperatures of up to 120°C without being affected.

Examples: Milk jugs, grocery bags, detergent bottles, cleaning products, kids toys, vehicle fluid bottles, bleach bottles, beauty product containers.

Low-density polyethylene

LDPE is characterized by branched polymer chains, giving this resin a thinner and more flexible design. It has the simplest structure of all plastics, making it easy and cheap to produce.

Examples: snack bags, grocery bags, cling wrap, squeeze bottles, computer components, caps and closures, some plastic gloves, single-use containers.

Polypropylene

Polypropylene is a semi-rigid, cost-effective, and tough thermoplastic linear hydrocarbon polymer resin that offers excellent chemical, electrical, and fatigue resistance at high temperatures.

Examples: yogurt containers, plastic storage containers, power tools, kids toys, car parts, food packaging, Tupperware, medical devices and instrument panels.

Polystyrene

PS can be solid or foamed. It is a very inexpensive resin per unit weight and is easy to create; for these reasons it can be found in many products.

Examples: beverage cups, take-away containers, insulation, packing materials, egg cartons, packing peanuts, disposable dinnerware, CD and DVD cases.

Other Plastics

If plastic cannot be identified in the four types mentioned then it will be included in group number 7. The best is known plastic of this group is nylon.

Examples: Safety goggles, sunglasses, mobile phones, CDs and DVDs,

Did you know?

With Inficycling™, we can accept more types of plastic than traditional recyclers — making hard-to-recycle plastics useful again instead of sending them to a landfill.

Glossary of Keywords

The future of plastics recycling is easier to understand when you know the important terms. We’ve put together this glossary to help you learn the meanings of these key words.

Circular Economy:

An economic system based on designing the entire lifecycle of products and conserving product resources so they can be reused or recycled in a way that significantly reduces waste and pollution.

Circularity:

Circularity is the ability to more efficiently use plastic (or any resource) by keeping material in use for as long as possible, getting the most we can from them during use, and then recovering them to make new products.

Diversion:

The act of preventing waste from being disposed into landfills and incinerators by directing it instead into the recycling stream.

Feedstock:

Any raw material that can be used to supply or fuel an industrial process or a machine.

Mechanical Recycling:

A process by which waste materials are turned into raw materials without changing the basic structure of the material. What most people think of when they picture “traditional” recycling.

Plastic Circularity:

Plastic circularity technology refers to several different technologies that convert post-use plastics into their original building blocks to create feedstocks for new plastics, fuels, waxes, and other valuable products.

Postconsumer:

The status after an item has been used for its intended purpose. Postconsumer material may be generated by households or commercial establishments.

Find Recycling Resources in
Your Area

The best ways to help solve plastic pollution as a consumer are to use less plastic when you can and to start recycling as much plastic as possible today. To learn about the recycling programs available in your area, their guidelines, and more, visit the link below and enter your zip code.

What Happens to Your Recycling Bin?

Today, less than 10% of plastics are recycled, but with Inficycling™, your plastics can be renewed, helping that 10% continue to grow. Inficycling keeps plastics out of the environment, out of landfills, and in the circular economy by giving them a chance to become new products again. In the circular economy, even “single-use” plastics become renewable.

And here’s even more good news: with the growth of plastic circularity technologies like Inficycling, we can recycle even more types of plastic than before. That means it matters now more than ever that everyone recycles their plastic bottles, wrappers, containers, and more.

The rules for recycling can vary from state to state, making it seem complex at times. However, we are here to simplify things for you. Here are 7 easy tips to help you stay informed and navigate recycling in your area effortlessly.

Always check with your local recycling program to learn their rules and guidelines first. What your program will and will not accept may vary, even throughout the same city. Be sure you’re  recycling according to your community’s program!

Plastic grocery bags are not typically collected by curbside recycling, but many grocery stores have collection bins where you can bring back your used bags for special recycling.

Screw bottle caps back onto your plastic bottles before recycling. Make sure they’re secure so they don’t get lost on the way to the recycling facility or in spaces in recycling equipment.

When it comes to curbside recycling, there’s a golden rule: don’t bag it like your regular trash! Say no to bin liners and opt for a more eco-friendly approach. Simply toss your recycling loose in the bin and let it do its magic. Together, we can make a difference!

Finally, when in doubt, leave it out. Unfortunately, the wrong kinds of plastic or items that cannot be recycled can contaminate a valuable load of otherwise recyclable plastics. Check with your recycling program for next time and leave questionable items out of the bin.

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We have some of the brightest minds in engineering, operations, and strategy on our team. We are accelerating our partners’ sustainability capabilities using cutting edge technology that assists in achieving the global imperative of plastic reuse in order to clean the planet. That takes a multi-disciplinary team of innovators and thought leaders to tackle. If you want to be part of our rapidly growing team, please get in touch.