NY Times columnist meets MBA Polymers
Plastics News readers know MBA Polymers Inc., the California company that's developed technology to separate and recycle plastics -- including engineering resins -- from durable products like computers. Now millions more around the world know about MBA, as the company was featured on Sept. 18 by op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman in The New York Times. Friedman's column, "Aren't we clever," highlights an oddity that Plastics News has previously covered: Although MBA developed its technology in the United States, right now it does almost all of its plastics recycling in Europe and Asia. Why? Because even though the U.S. generates more electronic waste than any other country -- and more auto shredder waste than what's created in all of Europe -- there's no infrastructure or incentive for MBA to recycle those materials here at home. "I employ 25 people in California and 250 overseas," MBA founder Mike Biddle told Friedman. "I am in the E.U. and China because the above-ground plastic mines are there or are being created there ... I am not in the U.S. because there aren't sufficient mines."
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