Sustainability


SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

By bridging the waste sector and the petrochemical industry, we are enabling the creation of a circular economy where plastic can be continuously recycled.

We are not only committed to making plastic more sustainable, but to ensuring that our business operations are contributing to a positive impact on the world we live in.

Our vision for a circular economy of plastics

The circular economy seeks to eliminate the current linear ‘take-make-waste’ model and transform it into a circular system where materials can be infinitely reused. Our process can change the story of plastic by turning waste into a valuable feedstock for new plastic production, bridging the gap between the waste and petrochemical sectors to close the loop in the plastics value chain. Our solution integrates with existing waste management and recycling infrastructure, allowing for ease of installation and rapid scalability. The widespread adoption of our technology can help to turn off the tap, stopping plastic waste from entering the environment. In doing so we will offset CO2 emissions, retain valuable resources within the economy, and displace the use of virgin fossil resources whilst enhancing and complementing existing mechanical recycling efforts.

Impact

Our solution is good for all

Plastic is a fantastic material with many beneficial applications. It keeps our cars light and our food fresh. Its durability and light weight make it a brilliant carbon-combatting material. The problem arises when this material becomes waste and these brilliant characteristics become its biggest downfall.

According to PlasticsEurope, in 2018, nearly 360 million tonnes of plastic were produced globally. Of this, around 260 million tonnes ended up as waste. A study by McKinsey&Co in 2016 found that just 16% was collected for recycling, and just 12% actually recycled. The rest was either incinerated, landfilled, or simply lost to the environment. However, to avoid using plastic altogether will bear many unintended consequences. Therefore, it is imperative that we find a solution for its end-of-life so we can continue to reap the benefits of this valuable product. 

By introducing feedstock recycling into the waste industry, mechanical recyclers can become more effective and profitable; the low-value plastic material that is currently left over at the end of their process can be accepted into feedstock recycling, alleviating the financial and environmental burden of disposing of this material elsewhere. Under this new system, where mechanical and feedstock recycling work together, we envisage recycling up to 90% of all plastics. With the widespread adoption of this new system, plastic can gradually be decoupled from fossil fuel.

Monitoring our footprint

We recognise that in order to achieve our mission to make plastic a more sustainable material, we too will have an impact on the environment. 

Recycling Technologies has designed a work programme of Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) that will be undertaken alongside industry and academics. The aim of this work programme is to provide meaningful research and information on feedstock recycling, as well as analyse the whole system in order to identify the most environmentally and economically viable pathways for all materials, not just plastic. We will also use LCAs to inform future design iterations of our technology, using hotspot analysis to identify focal points for improving our environmental performance – machine after machine. 

Initial Life Cycle Assessments show that the RT7000 could save as much as 1.4tCO2e per tonne of plastic processed by an RT7000 in comparison to an Energy from Waste plant.

We have also begun the journey towards reducing  our business's carbon footprint, with strategies in place to monitor the company’s use of resources, waste generation and energy usage. We are striving for sustainability in everything we do.

Policies

Code of conduct

Recycling Technologies is committed to conducting business ethically, responsibly and with integrity. We regard legal requirements as minimum standards and require that no activity take place if it cannot be carried out effectively, efficiently and without compromise to wellbeing, the environment and the communities in which we operate.

Environmental commitment

As a company with a strong position in the waste and recycling industry, Recycling Technologies has a responsibility to serve, protect and engage all employees, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment. We are committed to continually improving our positive impact and performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular reviews. 

Supporting government targets

We work with stakeholders across the value chain to help them meet government recycling and landfill reduction targets and resource efficiency aims. We collaborate with leading brands and retailers, in helping them achieve a more circular supply chain for plastics, many of which are signatories of the UK Plastic Pact with the goal of achieving 70% genuine plastics recycling and an average of 30% recycled content in packaging by 2025.

Policies

Codes of Conduct and Policies

Recycling Technologies is committed to conducting business ethically, responsibly and with integrity. We regard legal requirements as minimum standards and require that no activity take place if it cannot be carried out effectively, efficiently and without compromise to wellbeing, the environment and the communities in which we operate.

RT expect to see these values reflected in the operations of its value chain including all individuals or legal entities that provide RT with products, components, materials or services.

Read our Code of Conduct

Environmental Commitment

As a company with a strong position in the waste and recycling industry, Recycling Technologies has a responsibility to serve, protect and engage all employees, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment. We are committed to continuallyimproving our positive impact and performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular reviews. We encourage our stakeholders to do the same.
View our Environmental Policy