By Doug Woodring

- Published on June 14, 2016 by China Water Risk

Plastic is one of the most valuable materials on the planet, as it is light weight, durable and very long lasting. These are also the same reasons that it has become a disaster for much of our communities and ecosystems – because it is light weight, hard to recover at scale, and it lasts decades or more. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges of our time, due to the complexity of the material, wide range of varieties, colours and melting points, and lack of sufficient recycling infrastructure globally to keep pace with our consumption.

However, this also means there are big opportunities for those who can solve this challenge, aggregate material, create bring-back programs that encourage customer retention, and which tap underutilized reverse supply chains for material recovery.

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By Mark Sharp

- Published on May 10, 2016 by South China Morning Post

Plastic has been more than just a drop in the ocean to the Hong Kong economy. The city’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, built his fortune on plastic flowers in the 1950s and ’60s. At the same time, a generation of children learned the city’s name from plastic toys stamped “Made in Hong Kong”.

Unfortunately, almost all the plastic disposed of since it was invented is underground or, worse, in watercourses that feed into massive “rubbish patch” gyres swirling around in our oceans. There, it soaks up other toxins and is eaten by small creatures in a food chain that ends in humans.

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By Pearl Liu

- Published on May 5, 2016 by China Daily

Interview with Doug Woodring, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, about the increase in our plastic consumption, the staggering marine plastic problem and why plastic recycling is so complex, but creates business opportunities.

Much more about the issue of recycling in Asia via:

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