There are 7 types of plastic; however, only 3 or 4 types can be economically recycled using traditional methods, depending on the chemical makeup and recycling technique. Additionally, contamination further prevents much of the collected plastic material from use in recycling. Thus, only 9% of plastic produced globally is recycled.
Because the ocean has all types of plastic (especially the dreaded single use plastics) that are mostly in poor/contaminated condition, RIO is committed to recycle all types of plastic using creative and innovative methods. While RIO is developing products that use recycled material we collect form the more easily recycled materials, we are also engaging multiple methods that can produce viable products using any type of plastic in practically any condition.
With increased uses for plastic and export/import bans on plastic waste that exist throughout the world, there is a growing need to locally recycle more plastic waste in more robust ways