Here's some bad news -- within 10 years, the price of plastic resin will be so high that it may be economically worthwhile to dig up landfills and collect the stuff that we're throwing away today. That's the story from Plastics & Rubber Weekly, our sister publication in Europe. Online editor Katie Coyne has a story today quoting Peter Mills, a waste specialist from New Earth Solutions Ltd., who says plastic prices are fast reaching a point where mining landfills will be a viable option. Mills says plastics in well maintained landfills should be perfectly preserved. He adds that another source of material could be all the plastic marine debris that's causing so many problems today. So I guess there's some good news here too -- higher resin prices will mean less litter, and people (and companies) will be willing to recycle more. Since many experts in resin pricing think prices are going to go down next year, I wonder how many years away we really are from starting to dig in landfills for old plastic trash.
Mining for plastics?
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