Shortcomings of Current Solutions
While much of the food and drink we consume is wrapped in oil-based plastic packaging, there is still limited options for dealing with waste.
- Limited recycling infrastructure.
- Only a small proportion of such waste is ever recycled.
- No real incentive for customers to correctly separate their waste.
- A significant amount of customer packaging is made from multiple materials which are technically difficult to separate to allow recycling.
- The use of compostable cups, straws, food wraps, etc is not a solution on it own, as most bio-plastics require specific conditions to bio-degrade.
- Recovery solutions and composting stations are required which are not readily available to most business or consumers.
- No incentives are offered to adopt such system. So the bio-packaging again ends up in landfill or incinerated along with their plastic counter-parts.
Incineration & Landfill
- In Taiwan more than 3m tonnes of waste is disposed using incineration or landfill every year.
- There are significant greenhouse gas emissions from these methods impacting the environment and contributing to global climate change.
- There is zero utility or value gained from end-of-life reuse.