BusinessWaste.co.uk, a waste and recycling company in the U.K., is now encouraging U.K citizens to “build their own recycling plant at home.”
The company suggests that people should be able to recycle plastics in their own homes, and new-build houses should come with the technology ready-installed.
While the technology isn’t suitable for every home, it’s a major step toward making the UK a 100% recycling economy, the company says.
Most plastic recycling is done by big companies and involves collecting waste plastics from homes and industry to be shredded and processed.
The process has been developed to allow domestic plastic shredders, much like household kitchen waste disposals.
Householders will be left with sorted pelleted plastic waste, which they can either sell back to companies, or use for their own purposes.
Domestic uses include using plastic pellets as raw material for 3-D printers.
BusinessWaste.co.uk’s Mark Hall foresees a future where householders can just toss unwanted plastics down a chute in their kitchen, and it’s shredded and collected “behind the scenes”.
“While this is possibly not suitable for every household, it’s something that can easily be wheeled out firstly into executive homes, and then generally across the housebuilding industry,” he says.
The potential for the technology is enormous. “Plastic pellets are easily converted into the ‘ink’ for 3-D printers, and from there, the sky’s the limit,” says Hall.
People already experimenting with everyday household plastic waste say they’re turning out plates, bowls, cups and other items in their own homes and garages.
“The technology’s there, it’s getting cheaper by the day, and there’s a willingness to use it,” says Hall. He added that the technology is going to be common-place in the not-distant future.