Why is recycling not profitable?

Objective of recycling plastic bottles

One of the ways to reduce problems, in addition to reducing consumption, is to increase recycling to transform waste into new products. This strategy saves raw materials, energy and emissions, contributes to a circular economy and also generates employment.

The recent ban on waste imports in these countries has unleashed a serious waste crisis in the West, as well as uncovering alleged fraud in the waste trade. It would be highly desirable to take advantage of this crisis to better control the waste market and, especially, to boost the local recycling industry.

The data indicate that little recycling is taking place. It would be interesting to analyze the causes in order to improve waste management. Basically, it is an economic issue, like so many others in today’s society, because in order to recycle more, markets for recycled plastic are needed, and that requires recycled materials that are cheaper than virgin plastic and have good performance. Achieving this is not easy, because there are both technical and economic barriers:

Because not all plastics can be recycled

If no one in the world recycled, the world would be in great danger. If we don’t recycle, there is a risk that our homes and habitats could be destroyed, and we might not have any of the most everyday resources. People could die from toxic fumes and even the horrible stench of garbage.

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Products that are not recycled are redirected to landfills where they are kept in the hope that they will disintegrate back into the earth. Due to an excess of garbage that develops in landfills, the smell of garbage can be so toxic that it would be dangerous to the lungs of humans, ultimately causing death. Scientists also believe that waste in landfills is responsible for the release of 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air.

If people did not recycle the water in the ground, it would be left dirty from all the waste, leaving people without water to drink. The most important reason to recycle is most likely that if people do not recycle, everyday resources will soon disappear. If everyday resources become scarce, the prices of products will go up.

How to recycle plastic bottles

The generation of solid waste in Mexico has grown due to the pace of life we have adopted. The speed at which the population is growing, urbanization and the concentration of people in metropolitan areas has caused a large accumulation of Urban Solid Waste (USW), that is, solid waste derived from productive activities that usually have negative effects on the environment.

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Mexico is one of the countries with the largest urban population (approximately 72%) and is the Latin American country that generates the most garbage. For this reason, the nation needs to promote projects to improve the environment and thus become a sustainable country.

Promoting the culture and business of recycling is not only about being kind to the environment, but also about taking advantage of its profitability. Doing this is essential because today only 11% of all waste generated is reused, since around 100 thousand tons of waste per day 60.5% ends up in landfills and 15.9% ends up in open dumps.

Recycling is economically profitable

More than relying on recycling, Pantala’s intention is to avoid it, aware that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Pantala was created with the aim of changing this situation. To do this, they offer the possibility of eliminating from your closet those clothes that you have only worn 2 or 3 times and that you have not used again. The alternative they offer is that, if you know you are only going to wear a garment 2 times, do not buy it, rent it for a month with Pantala and exchange it again.

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Along similar lines is the idea of Ecodicta, a startup that was created with the purpose of frequently renewing women’s closets without the need to buy new clothes, convinced that “the clothes already produced are the ones that pollute the least”.

Under this premise, they have created a clothing rental platform with the subscription model at the current price of 35.90 euros per month (3 garments), 49.90 (4 garments) or 59.90 (5 garments). Users pay the subscription fee and choose from the available offer. After the term has elapsed, they renew or return them and select others. There is also a purchase option if the user falls in love with the garment. The clothes are selected by a personal shopper and come from both emerging and conventional brands. You can also find brands that produce in a sustainable and ethical way.