We Can Recycle Plastic [Video]

Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.

[TED]

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7 Responses to We Can Recycle Plastic [Video]

  1. But is this any better than traditional recycling where the quality of the plastic is degraded from the recycling process?
    I understand that recycling all types of plastic is important, but honestly, can we recycle the plastic from wrapping our food? It's that plastic that I find so insidious and omnipresent that I wonder if this method will actually work.

  2. Most importantly he did not answer how much it costs! He talked about how it SHOULD Be cheaper than starting from oil, but no numbers.

    If it is not cost effective it will take oppressive government legislation, which he was oddly praising in the European context to make it happen.

    A nice idea, work on getting the price/cost down and go for it! But make it win with an economic argument not a government regulation argument.

  3. TED talks are always like this. Long description of the problem, vague description of the solution that gives no details whatsoever… and then everyone cums in their pants.

  4. We can also recycle our brain capacity, by trashing all the shit we've been fed and indoctrinated with, trough systematic pressure.
    But….Do we REALLY need to?

    All jokes aside. Can Plastic really be recycled? Every time they have to "re-melt", shape, and produce the products, they poison nature.
    It seems as if one "green" deed, turns into a….Black deed(? Don't know the "opposing" color for Green…).

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