Once plastic wrap is cleaned and uncontaminated it can be recycled effectively into new plastic products, saving a useful resource and diverting waste from landfill.
Plastic wrap and shrink films have traditionally been difficult to recycle, due to limitations with sorting, cleaning and collecting systems. But new technology enables these materials to be recycled, preventing this resource from being illegally burnt or going to landfill where it persists for many years. Manufacturing plastics from recycled materials also uses 30% of the energy required to make virgin plastic products from fossil fuels, which is a big saving for the environment.
There are a growing number of commercial facilities available to process this material across a variety of industries including agriculture. As a focus for a National Packaging Covenant project, this area is set for recycling growth to prevent the export of large amounts of post consumer plastic to markets such as China.
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