Best of Earth911 Podcast: Plastic Banks’ David Katz on Incentivizing and Upgrading Plastic Recycling

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Plastic Banks’ David Katz on Incentivizing and Upgrading Plastic Recycling

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Join us for an impassioned dialog concerning the potential for recycling progress with David Katz, founding father of Plastic Bank. He joined us earlier this year and returns to share an replace concerning the firm’s progress. Plastic Bank is a social enterprise that companions with shopper merchandise corporations to create incentive packages in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa that assist stop plastics from reaching waterways, seas, and the ocean. The firm has partnerships with SC Johnson, Henkel, and others. It pays people in rising economies to gather plastic and switch it in at greater than 600 department areas. The collected plastic is recycled to make Social Plastic® feedstock, a uncooked materials for making new plastic merchandise.

David additionally discusses the recent Greenpeace report that argues plastic recycling, together with new molecular recycling technologies, doesn’t work — it’s an overstatement in our opinion, however the system undoubtedly needs an upgrade.

David Katz, founder and CEO of Plastic Bank
David Katz, founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

David’s evaluation of Greenpeace’s conclusion: “Shame on them. It’s one factor to say it doesn’t work. It’s one other to say, ‘Let’s make it higher.’” So what can we do? He advocates decreasing using plastic total, standardizing any obligatory single-use plastic on recyclable supplies, and that manufacturers and society discover a option to compensate individuals to gather and recycle the plastic we do use. Making the recycling system work might require incentives — however solely 10 states have bottle payments that present small funds for returning plastic bottles. We discuss what could be realized from Plastic Bank’s work in rising economies. Besides decreasing our consumption of single-use plastic packaging, new laws or non-public help is required to show the nook.

You can study extra about Plastic Bank and subscribe to support collection programs that hold plastic out of waterways and oceans at

This podcast initially aired on November 11, 2022.