Recycling programmes should also focus on profits – Borouge

16 June 2010 18:22  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--A good recycling programme must address not only possible issues during the process of recycling, but should also provide recyclers with sufficient profits to maintain a sustainable business, a company executive said on Wednesday.

"Sustainability and profitability are very important to the recyclers, without which it is very difficult to promote recycling of plastic products," said Laurence Jones, vice president of corporate support at Borouge.

Jones was speaking at the first Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association's (GPCA) Plastics Summit, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 14–16 June.

The image of plastics is directly related to littering and waste issues, and responsible disposal of waste is one solution to the environmental problem, he added.

"With the high visibility of consumer plastic waste, the public often perceives plastic itself as the problem, instead of people’s behaviour, [which is] the [root of] irresponsible disposal of consumer waste," Jones said.

Recycling could be the solution to this problem, he said, adding that "in counties with a strong recycling culture, the image of plastic is good”.

"We [GCC plastic producers] must build up [the] level of trust between producers and recycling companies in order to have clean waste for the converter industry, as well as better management of consumer waste," he said.

Recyclers can also provide an alternative source of raw material for the local production of new articles, Jones said, adding that the use of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle-grade chips as a feedstock for polyester fibre was one such example.

Polyester fibre is widely used in the textile and garment sectors.

To promote recycling, "assistance with [the] collection, segregation and transportation [of waste] can also be provided, together with investments in recycling process facilities", Jones added.

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