What are non-recyclable plastic experts? Currently, less than 20% of plastic wastes are recycled or converted to a type of alternative energy, and about 15% is converted to power. Most of the rest ends up in landfills. Alternative energy companies note that recycling rates have not increased in recent years. Some plastics are not recyclable including PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PS (polystyrene), and many polymer films. The bulk of plastic wastes are landfilled due to contamination, difficulties with collection and sorting. Landfills are rapidly filling up, and disposal costs are increasing. Recent changes in China’s policy has exasperated the problem; they are no longer accepting wastes from the municipal waste collection. There to increased pressure to reduce the use of plastics and eliminate the use of non-recyclable plastics and replace them with recyclable materials. There continue to be improvements in thermal waste to energy processes that improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact. There also is growing interest in the conversion of plastics to liquid fuels via pyrolysis, hydro liquefaction, gasification and catalytic reforming. The magnitude of the problem has led to many commercial efforts to provide solutions.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms will certainly have experts in more common areas like biofuels, biomaterials, biomass, biomass power, biomaterials, bio-based chemicals, biotechnologies and renewable fuels and chemicals in general. Energy consultants should be willing to discuss client’s initial questions about renewable energy sources, the types of biofuels, biofuel companies, synthetic biology, the fermentation process, biomass renewable energy, biofuel energy, conversion technologies for things like tires and railroad ties, and about the circular economy in general. These clean energy experts would optimally be part of a larger, multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants with a wide variety of expertise in more specialized areas like biomass production, financial due diligence, organic synthesis, fuel additives, ethanol gas, biodiesel fuel including algae biofuels, solid state and industrial fermentation, green energy grants, ag biotech, agricultural waste, alcohol fuels, alternative proteins and animal-free products, sustainable foods, beverage fermentation, , biocatalysis, biodiesel conversion, biogas production, biomass power, carbon intensity, CO2 utilization, combined heat & power, Fischer-Tropsch technology, food waste, hydrothermal carbonization, industrial enzymes, landfill management, microbial fermentation, organic synthesis, plastic pyrolysis, plastic recycling, plastic waste, pyrolysis oil, reactor design, renewable identification number, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), solid recovered fuels, torrefaction and torrified biomass, waste to energy, and waste-to-hydrogen. Finally, members and strategic partners of these green energy consulting firms should also have the availability to do things like engineering, technical feasibility studies and techno-economic analysis, due diligence, and feasibility studies, and provide expert witness testimony, and should have the contacts to assist with renewable energy finance, accounting, plant safety and insurance, legal, and virtually any other services related to the bioeconomy.
At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have several types of highly qualified non-recyclable plastic experts available to assist you with any Waste to Energy related matter. Feel free to call or email us for more information. See Biomass & Plastic Waste Recycling and Plastic Waste Recycling.