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Streamlined Processes, Economies of Scale & Better-Trained Buyers Needed for Recycled Plastic

By Robert Grace

- Published on April 15, 2016 by UL Prospector

There is a huge opportunity waiting to be tapped in plastics recycling. I’m convinced that it’s mostly about the streamlining of processes, as well as about the very important economies of scale.” Indeed, Biddle suggests, economies of scale and streamlined, optimized processes are the only real edge that virgin resin has over recycled plastics. “All other advantages,” he says, “are in recycling’s court.”

A lot of the buyers however, Black contends, have not been properly educated in how to negotiate the whole recycled-materials buy. “When you have a strategy of using recycled material, but you don’t have any training that supports that, the odds of your strategy being implemented are pretty low.”

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