Environmental ImpactAs early as 40 years ago, environmentalists started to become aware of a looming plastic waste problem – on a global scale – and data generated over the past decade has proven that this foresight was prescient.
Over the course of the ensuing years, the challenge has been to create a truly green solution for transforming waste plastic into something useable. There is a general understanding that the present recycling and diversion practices are inadequate at best and at worst, extremely harmful to the global environment.
In the mid-1990s, John Bordynuik, founder of JBI, began to think that there might be a solution which would ensure:
- The amount of plastic that could be recycled would increase;
- The amount of waste plastic sent to landfills or diverted for the purpose of being burned would be reduced significantly;
- Use of a process that would be environmentally sound, with extremely low stack emissions and low energy resources (electrical, water, natural gas) required to operate, and
- Outputs of the process would be clean (i.e. ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel) and not require further refining.