Greater use of wood fiber products could have helped to resolve the collision course of plastics towards the waste export ban
Greater national diffusion of renewable wood fiber packaging products could have avoided the waste and recycling sector’s collision course with today’s ban on shipping mixed plastics overseas for processing, said Ross Hampton, chief executive officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) today .
“We live in a world where many plastic items are being replaced with products made from sustainable and renewable sources such as wood fiber. Had there been a more ambitious national uptake of wood fiber products replacing non-renewable plastics in recent years, Australia could have avoided the recycling sector’s collision with the new plastic waste export ban coming into effect tomorrow, “said Hampton.
In response to the ban, the recycling sector is working to process as much plastic waste as possible here in Australia, but industry leaders have still said they are not ready yet. While today’s ban applies to mixed plastics, it will be extended to even more plastic products next year.
“This collision course is a timely reminder to manufacturers in all industries that they should urgently consider sourcing renewable wood fiber to make the many different products we make. That is better for the environment and does not cause any disposal problems at the end of the product life.
The recycling industry admits that plastics now end up in landfills if they cannot be recycled, which further pollutes the environment
The exchange of single-use plastic items is increasing. In the past year, more fast food chains have switched to fiber-based cutlery and packaging, take-away coffee is offered in recyclable paper cups with bioplastic lids, confectionery companies have switched to paper packaging, and Woolworths has introduced paper bags.
“Renewable wood fibers are already the answer to replacing many single-use plastics, but innovative technological breakthroughs are rapidly evolving products that can replace the stronger, harder plastics. It is time for manufacturers to think seriously about getting on this train and it is time for consumers to ask for it, ”concluded Mr Hampton.
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