Benefit 3 — Recycling creates jobs
Plastics recycling has the potential to create a range of good, sustainable jobs.
The Carolina Plastics Recycling Council has the perfectly-named website — www.yourbottlemeansjobs.com — that points to the wide range of unskilled, technical and scientific jobs associated with plastics recycling.
Just looking at a typical recycling supply chain, you will see:
- Drivers collecting and transporting the plastics
- Sorters placing the plastics in the right spot, and
- Technicians, machine operators and plant managers operating the facilities
- Engineers and scientists planning the compounding process and resins
If you look at Lavergne’s unique operation in Haiti, you’ll see inspiring new opportunities for people collecting plastic water bottles, and being paid for delivering them to the collection centres.
Benefit 4 — Recycling leads economic and social transformation
Here’s an exciting part — when people see how recycling helps everything from protecting the environment to creating sustainable new products, it transforms the way they think. We recently wrote about the “circular economy” where products reaching their end of life are renewed rather than discarded.
It’s a transformative idea. We start seeing people as “users” rather than “consumers,” and customers start expecting manufacturers to make innovative products with recycled materials.
Lavergne — Making Plastic Circular
Lavergne is at the forefront of creating circular ecosystems for plastics. We believe the benefits are significant, and like the circular production chain — infinite. They will transform people’s lives and the world we live in. It’s our shared future.
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