Amazing inventions and new ideas using and focusing on plastics are happening around the world every day. For example, a 3D printer is being used to make plastic baby hearts so doctors can practice delicate surgery. In another part of the world an inventor has crafted a car from polystyrene foam. And in the Netherlands, a teenager has invented and is testing a pilot system to capture plastics in the ocean.
Circular Economy (CE) and Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) are powerful approaches to address the growing pressures on global resources that arise from population growth and growing economies. Several jurisdictions are integrating these concepts in policy and legislation but there’s also confusion about what CE and SMM mean and the impact they may have for the recycling industry.