This is a follow-on article to Mike Biddle’s excellent video on new ways of dealing with plastics recycling. In this article (originally published on the TED.COM website, Mike responds to a number of questions that arose from his original TED talk. He deals with the thorny issue of getting the waste to one of the “mining” facilities.
- DIY plastic recycling machine will revolutionize waste management (recyclereminders.com)
- Utilization of waste plastics recycling is less than 10% (ledlightbar888.wordpress.com)
- Harvesting waste plastic for 3D printers to reduce poverty: Plastic Bank (treehugger.com)
- A better way to recycle plastics? Mike Biddle replies to questions and comments about his 2011 TEDTalk (ted.com)
- Plastic Recycling Machine (coolbusinessideas.com)
Originally posted on TED Blog:
Last October, we posted this TEDTalk given at TEDGlobal 2011 by plastic engineer Mike Biddle, Founder and President of MBA Polymers, which has developed an incredibly energy and economically efficient method to recycle plastics — by turning it into the raw material again.
The TEDtalk elicited over 1000 comments and questions on TED.com, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, including direct emails to Biddle and to the TED staff. Faced with the impossibility to answer them individually, Mike has grouped them together and addressed them below.