Plastic bans are a good start. But circularity is the solution – Australia

Posted on July 29, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News


Plastic bans are a fundamental step in the right direction, but the word that everyone really needs to start getting familiar with is the term ‘circularity’.

What does this mean?

To put it simply, when a reusable alternative is not possible, we need to ensure single-use products can be turned into something resourceful.

While some claim that single-use plastics can be recycled by blending them into roads or park benches, it is actually downcycling. The problem here is that this won’t allow these materials to be reused several times in a circular manner.

With this in mind, a circular economy using natural or reclaimed materials has been noted time and time again as a viable and scalable solution to our waste crisis. And product stewardship schemes are helping businesses and consumers dispose of waste where curb side rubbish collection is simply not appropriate.