Water-based recycling process creates local income streams from waste
The process produces a high-quality end-product out of difficult-to-recycle plastics
Spotted: With the scourge of plastic pollution hanging over almost every area of consumption, Newcastle-based Impact Recycling wants to get to the point where no new waste is produced. Using a continually-developed, water-based recycling process, the company turns some of the most difficult to recycle plastics into reusable base materials. The BOSS recycling system has the potential to prevent thousands of kilogrammes of fishing nets, flexible food packaging, and now dark-coloured rigid plastics from landfill or incineration.
Instead of shipping plastics that local waste management systems can’t handle overseas, the BOSS-3D process provides a scalable solution that is easily integrated into existing recycling plans. By using the BOSS system, recycling companies earn more by taking in higher volumes of waste, and the environment breathes easier thanks to the reduction in the amount of plastic that is burned or dumped into landfill sites.
Impact Recycling earned End of Waste (EoW) status with the Environment Agency in the UK, which means that the end product of the recycling process is of such high quality that it ceases to be waste and instead becomes a secondary raw material. The latest iteration of the company’s recycling process is the BOSS-3D version which focuses on sorting rigid plastics by colour in order to access the polymers that form the building blocks of the raw material.
Many innovators are seeking to bring a closed-loop economy closer to reality. Springwise has spotted another advanced recycling pilot in Scotland replacing petroleum with an oil made from recycled plastics. Another recycling innovation comes from a Finnish company that turns fibre, agricultural, and paper waste into a cotton-like fabric.
Written by: Keely Khoury
18th January 2022