Increasing the plastics recycling

Either multi-layered packaging of food, energy cable coating or a toothbrush: a lot of products made up of plastic could not be reused. The case is, for instance, when goods are produced out of multiple things that could not be distinguished completely or only inadequately.

Out of 100, only 16 percent of the waste due to plastic that is created in Germany is reused there as well. This exact percentage of the recycled waste is given by the Plastikatlas in the year 2019 that was issued by the Federation of Germany for the conservation nature and Environment, this is also known as BUND the foundation of  Heinrich Böll. The major portion of the waste produced because of plastic is hence burnt in the incineration plants for waste to generate power or is utilized as changing fuel.

Structure and reusing/recycling—worlds apart

The collaborators or partners’ goal is incrementing the part of reusable plastics by lessening the number of material components. “We pay major attention to the product structure step because the reusability aspect has majorly been ignored by designers mostly till date,” says Werner who works at SKZ, and also happens to have a membership at the Zuse society that belongs to the institute of independent research. “Designers and recyclers reside in two worlds that are completely different from one another or also could be said as being poles apart; there are zero exchange of data.” This is exactly why designers more often go for those products and goods that are difficult to reuse.

The digital program provides data about goods

This project now aims to keep the two worlds together. To attain this, the researchers want to produce a software program that gives data on the reusability of different kinds of plastics and goods combinations. This will make the designers able to judge criteria like functionality, source efficiency also reusability against one another and opt for better goods depending on this.