What is closed loop recycling?
Closed loop recycling may be a term you have heard before, or perhaps not, but we thought it might be helpful to delve into the topic on our blog and discuss what closed loop recycling is and why it is important.
In a nutshell, closed loop recycling is the process by which a product is used, recycled, and then made into a new product — therefore not ever entering landfill or the ocean!!
This means that these waste types are better for the environment than those that are recycled but have to be mixed with virgin materials to make new products (this is open loop recycling), and, of course, those that can’t be recycled at all.
What's our plan?
In partnership with the University of Derby and Veolia, we will start next September the first closed loop project in the UK involving student and their commitment to use and re-use all the plastic bottles coming from the university different campuses.
How are we going to do it?
Think Ocean will deploy containers at the university for the students to deposit the bottles. Once the containers are full, Veolia will transport the material to a recycling and transforming facility where the plastic will be converted into pellets.
Following a strict chain of custody, Think Ocean will then transport the pellets to one of our trusted manufacturing partners where we will produce items for the university, using exclusively their plastic.