Massachusetts’s grocers are decreasing the number of disposable bags being used in an effort to develop sounder approaches for waste management. At the same time, the use of recycled plastics products in the construction field is growing.
Waste & Recycling News reports that early results show the number of disposable plastic and paper bags has dropped significantly in Massachusetts following the implementation of a public-private partnership aimed at discouraging plastic bag use at grocery stores.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Food Association began the program in 2009. The joint initiative to reduce the distribution of disposable bags shows 12 supermarket chains, covering 384 stores report the 25% disposable bag distribution reduction. The state and grocers have a goal of reaching at least 33% by 2013.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the innovative recycling technology at i-plas is being used to develop many attractive commercial and residential building products that may otherwise have gone to landfills. The UK company reports or plastic waste that other recyclers cannot handle are being used to produce a range of recycled plastic products which outperform the traditional alternatives of wood, steel and concrete; products which are technically advanced, commercially successful and environmentally responsible.
UK-based i-plas has developed a comprehensive range of sustainable building products for use in construction projects for both home and export markets. Many of these recycled plastics have been developed in conjunction with major building and civil partners and effectively offer an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional methods where timber, concrete and steel are used.
One product category includes a range of fences that offer environmental, aesthetic, commercial and economic solutions. The company’s encouraging marketing claims for fencing products include:
- Lasts five times longer than timber,
- Reduces whole life cost.
- Minimal maintenance and easy to clean.
- Labor saving.
- Less flammable than timber.
- Can be cut, screwed, nailed and bolted.
- Will not rot, crack, split or splinter and is resistant to algae.
- Reduces the carbon footprint of any project.
- Is 100% recycled and can be recycled.
- UV resistant.
- Diverts material from landfill.