Norway Recycles 97% Of Its Plastic Bottles: A Blueprint For The Rest Of The World?

One of the main problems of today’s society is pollution. The world is facing difficulties in properly dealing with the plastic waste, due to its fast increasing production.

The main problem about it is that the single-use plastics are currently accounting for 40% of the plastic produced annually, and a lot of those products can persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

Plastic waste is killing more than 100,000 sea mammals and 1 million birds annually, and the UN Environment Program is maintaining that each year, 480bn new plastic bottles are produced.

Each minute, the equivalent of a lorry load is ending up in the seas.

Norway has the most efficient way of recycling plastic bottles, through an organization named Infinitum.

The scheme is allowing the country to recycle up to 97% of all plastic drink bottles, and 92% of them are used again to make more bottles. Some of the bottles have been recycled more than 50 times.

The organization’s name stands is ‘inspired by the infinite number of times you can recycle a plastic bottle or can in our deposit scheme.’

According to the website of Infinitum:

Our sole reason for existing isn’t a financial benefit, however to consistently build the quantity of gathered drink compartments our eco-accommodating, savvy store plan can deal with. We are emphatically spurred to add to a superior domain, along these lines we have put resources into new, exceptionally viable and current reusing offices. This guarantees a spotless situation and a superior future.

Their framework is carefully controlled: they check the top, paste, and name materials well, and afterward a modest quantity of virgin material is included. 

As per Sten Nerland, the director of operations and logistics:

We are the world’s most effective framework. As a natural organization, you may figure we should attempt to maintain a strategic distance from plastic, however in the event that you treat it effectively and recycle it, plastic is probably the best item to utilize: light, pliant and it’s modest.

The main warehouse which is near Oslo, processes 1,500 containers of materials every day!

Plastic Packages and Bottles are processed at the warehouse near Oslo.

Here is the way the Norwegian framework works: the more organizations recycle, the less expense they need to pay, and on the off chance that they arrive at an aggregate across the nation focus of more than 95 percent, which has been the situation since 2011, at that point they don’t pay any duty whatsoever. 

cycle, the less expense they need to pay, and on the off chance that they arrive at an aggregate across the nation focus of more than 95 percent, which has been the situation since 2011, at that point they don’t pay any duty whatsoever. 

Likewise, clients pay a store for each jug they purchase, so they see bottles are given on advance and should be returned. 

In addition, there are countless ‘invert candy machines’ they can use to do as such, which give them the cash back in the wake of filtering the standardized identification of the stored jug. They have another alternative also and can return it to different little shops and service stations for money or store credit. 

Kjell Olav Maldum, the CEO of Infinitum, says: 

We want to get to that point where people can realize they are buying the product, but just borrowing the package of the product.

The very high pace of reusing in Norway has propelled individuals from numerous nations, and as indicated by Tor Guttulsrud, the office’s chief of financial aspects and money, they have been visited by delegates from numerous nations intrigued to embrace their recycling system. 

Some of the bottles are already recycled for more than 50 times.

However, there is one other thing that enhances the procedure: under the Norwegian guidelines, producers are obliged to use only approved bottle tops, labels and even glue!

First they collect the empty bottles, and compress them into cubes. The cans are melted into plastic flakes, and they are ready to be used again.

But, some are afraid that the focus on plastic is not helpful enough, because producing plastic relies on burning huge amounts of fossil fuels.

Infinitum’s Guttulsrud reports:

Norway is still going to be challenged by the effects oil consumption, as the rest of the world is going to be. But we are not trying to decrease the use of plastic -- but, we are trying to reduce the producing of new, virgin plastic. Every year we get closer and closer.

We are trying to reduce the producing of new, virgin plastic, and every year we get closer!

He is adding that the production of virgin plastic is going to be decreased by 90% if everybody returned all of their plastic bottles.

Even though the global economy is depending on plastic, this Scandinavian country is showing the world how to use it in the most efficient way so far!

Sources:
positive.news
sciencealert.com
infinitum.no

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