According to ISRI, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, in 2012, global plastics production reached 288 million tons. With the explosive growth in the manufacture of plastics comes the need to ensure that these materials are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner once they reach the end of their useful lives. Recycling plastics from automobiles alone will save 50 million cubic yards of landfill space. Hear more about the impact of the recycling industry on the economy and environment in this 2-minute video produced by the ISRI.
To understand how the scrap industry is able to accurately identify the plastic grades so they can sort them appropriately, read about handheld Near Infrared (NIR) analyzers. These analyzers are powerful tools that enable rapid on-site screening and identification of plastics types.
Watch the Scrap Recycling Industry video.