Encourage start-ups and take pressure off local council:
At the moment local council is floundering under the onslaught of waste. Government Departments are warning us that if we want to meet our national recycling targets by 2025, then we would need to upgrade our plastic reprocessing by up to 400 per cent in the wake of export restrictions.
However, what if we could encourage start-ups to enter the market, and shoulder some of the burden local council is facing? We need to help circular start-ups by boosting market demand for their products and services through initiatives like this.
Reduction in types of plastic:
At the moment there are over 300 different types of plastic out there, and each type needs to be recycled differently. The two easiest to recycle are, PET and HDPE. If we did create a circular economy, then what is easiest to recycle could dictate the demand for raw materials.
It would mean that the easy to recycle PET and HDPE would displace harder to recycle plastics when it comes to product packaging.
Research and innovation is needed to create new, easier to recycle plastics to replace difficult to recycle products which will still meet design requirements such as extended shelf life for food.