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A major difference between traditional and advanced recycling is the quality of plastic outputs that result from the procedure. Advanced recycling produces a virgin quality, high-performing grade plastic that’s more efficiently poised to meet FDA approval standards than a traditionally recycled material. Additionally, the advanced technologies of chemical recycling make it possible for more plastics to be repurposed than traditional recycling would allow. Advanced chemical recycling plants can process mixed plastics, foams, and other high-functioning materials, a revolutionary advancement in the past decade.
Undoubtedly, the environmental benefits of recycling are numerous, and advanced recycling only enhances these. Not only do advanced recycling technologies allow a means for the approximately 91% of unrecycled plastics countrywide to be reused, their emissions are also comparatively quite low. Because the advanced recycling processes occur in an oxygen-free or oxygen-controlled environment, the plastics are not incinerated, and emissions remain relatively low; advanced recycling plant emissions tend to rank equal to or lower than food production sites.
Advanced recycling, of course, does not replace traditional recycling — rather, both are necessary to ensure low-waste and low-emission tools and processes, and to increase the volume and types of materials that can be repurposed. Med Supply Lab is passionate about combining the two complementary processes to work every day toward a more sustainably-oriented means of life and production.