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Economics of Plastics Recycling

Posted March 02, 2008 7:50 AM

You know the environmental concerns about producing more bottled water for consumers. But a Scienceline report asks whether it makes more economic sense to make a new plastic bottle or recycle a used one. The simple math equation accounts for rising crude oil prices, increasing PET demand, and costlier virgin PET resin pellets than its recycled cousins. Though the article may have a pro-recycle slant, it does shed light on The Coca-Cola Company's rationale to incorporate more recycled material.

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03/02/2008 9:38 AM

In the UK we are constantly being nagged by governing bodies to recycle in the home...

So much so that they have given out many 10s of thousands of huge, costly wheelie bins made out of a lot of plastic for us to put our meagre plastic bottles etc.. in!!!

They then send around large powerful deisel engined lorries belching out exhaust fumes and staffed by several full time operatives to empty these so-called recycle bins, costing us all money and pollution.

There is even talk of equiping these massive wheelie bins with smart chips to identify what you put in the blerdy bin!!

If that happens my number on task will be to design a portable chip zapper and go around zapping the bar$tard$

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03/03/2008 12:21 AM

Where has Pragmatic Public Spending gone to---in UK

LOST ON THE WAY?

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03/03/2008 1:22 PM

This is slightly off topic because its aluminium.

I had heard that it takes more energy and is more costly to recycle aluminium cans that it takes to mine and process the raw material and make alum.

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03/03/2008 2:24 PM

I'm curious because I've heard the opposite, that most remaining aluminum deposits are ores that have the metal-of-desire energy-intensively melted out by a high voltage and this fact is what has gotten many corporations behind Al can recycling efforts


Anyone know what they're talking about beyond here-say?

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03/03/2008 2:40 PM

Do not know where or how the costs were derived. but I also heard that its the most common metal in the earths crust. (from bauxite)

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03/03/2008 3:24 PM

I agree, and have heard the same. recycling aluminum is an efficient process because you can much more easily separate from other material types, and have a clean input of recylced materials, wherreas glass and plastics quality control is very hard to control.

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03/04/2008 10:52 AM

Wht not consider cardboard/paper bottles like the old milk cartons, or recleaning/reusing glass bottles as we did years ago. Is either of these concepts that cost inefficient overall?

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03/05/2008 10:25 AM

cleaning these bottles through clean in place units can be costly as well as chemicals used. As well as the added weight and breakage.

thats why they went to plastics.

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