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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 the movement to solve plastic pollution.
We Can All Do More
It’s never too late to join the movement and reverse 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 Happens to Your Recycling Bin?
When you hear that less than 10% of plastics today are recycled, it can feel like putting your recycling bin on the curb won’t make a difference, but it does! By recycling, you give your discarded plastics the chance to be renewed and help that 10% continue to grow. Recycling 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 Alterra’s, 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.
But what happens to your plastics after you put your recycling bin out on the curb or drop them off at a collection point? Check out this video to see what the process of converting your discarded plastics into a new product actually looks like.
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.
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.
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 BeRecycled.org and enter your zip code.
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.
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.
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 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.
The act of preventing waste from being disposed into landfills and incinerators by directing it instead into the recycling stream.
Any raw material that can be used to supply or fuel an industrial process or a machine.
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.
The status after an item has been used for its intended purpose. Postconsumer material may be generated by households or commercial establishments.
What about Hard-To-Recycle Plastics?
You may have heard that some plastics are harder to recycle than others. This is true — some recycling facilities can’t recycle certain types of plastics. Most recyclers will have guidelines for what types of plastics they will and won’t accept (make sure to check with your local recycling program to learn their guidelines).
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.
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