Pick up a copy of the May/June 2019 edition of Recycling Product News to read a ‘Last Word’ editorial on the circular economy by Rubicon’s Vice President of Sustainability, David Rachelson. Here is a short extract from the editorial, which is on newsstands now.
The circular economy looks to prevent depletion of finite natural resources out of the global economy, and instead better use the natural resources we’ve already extracted to extend their useful lives.
The ocean plastic crisis compels us to address fundamental problems in global waste and recycling practices, both at home and abroad. We must make systemic changes that incentivize material producers, product manufacturers, and recovery systems to abandon dependence on single-use plastics in favor of widespread adoption of circular solutions that create value from materials already in circulation, redirecting “waste” generated from the prevailing linear take-make-dispose model as inputs for new products.