What’s Next for Plastic Recycling: Creating a Traceable and Efficient Process

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In recent years, plastic waste has become a growing environmental concern. As plastic waste ends up in landfills and oceans, recycling has emerged as a potential solution. However, it is crucial to establish traceability within the supply chain so that the plastic recycling industry can be effective and grow. 

The traceability of plastic waste enables plastic recyclers to ensure the quality, safety, and legal compliance of recycled plastics. We will explore the importance of traceability in the plastic recycling industry in this blog, as well as the ways to manage plastic waste at the end of its life cycle. Read on if you’re a plastic recycler looking for improvement opportunities.

Traceability is Key to Accountability in Plastic Recycling 

Several reasons make traceability so crucial in plastic recycling, as we all know. To begin with, it is essential to be able to trace recycled plastic products so that the quality of the products can be guaranteed. By tracking the source and composition of plastic waste, you can identify any potential contaminants or impurities that may negatively impact recycling quality. By ensuring that the plastic you receive meets the quality requirements, you can produce high-quality recycled plastic products.

Traceability also makes recycled plastic products safe for consumers to use. As a recycling company, you can identify hazardous materials or chemicals present in plastic by tracking its source and removing them before it is reused.

Furthermore, many countries have legislation requiring companies to track the source and composition of their plastic waste. Using traceability can help you comply with these regulations and avoid any legal issues.

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The Importance of Data Collection When Recycling Plastic

In managing your operations, what would be your top priority? Here’s a tip: data! Sustainability and waste reduction make you consider ways to improve your operations and demonstrate your environmental commitment. The collection of data is one method you can use to achieve your sustainability and circularity targets in a cost-effective manner.

You can also identify areas of improvement by collecting data on your operations. For example, you can analyze data on the plastic you receive, how efficiently your sorting and processing methods work, and how well you recycle.

If we say spreadsheets, it will sound familiar to you. However, spreadsheets are not ideal tools for collecting and storing data in the plastic recycling industry. Here are some reasons why you should consider implementing digitized data collection and storage solutions:

  • Data analysis and management cannot be done with spreadsheets due to their limited functionality. Unfortunately, spreadsheets become inefficient and prone to errors when used to manage large amounts of data.
  • As spreadsheets are typically stored on individual computers or servers, they can be at risk of data loss and security breaches. An automated solution, on the other hand, uses cloud-based storage and encryption to ensure the integrity and security of the data.
  • A cutting-edge solution can give you access to data in real-time, which is essential for making timely decisions in the rapidly changing world of plastic recycling. When it comes to spreadsheets, the data may not be accurate or timely and requires manual updating.
  • Intelligent solutions are scalable, so they can handle large data sets and grow with the business. 
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Simplified Processes with Integrated Solutions

The plastic recycling industry has increasingly turned to digitized solutions to manage its operations. The benefits of individual solutions can be seen in terms of functionality and customization, but the advantages of an integrated platform can be even greater. Integrating all aspects of the recycling process into a single platform can improve efficiency, data management, traceability, cost savings, and scalability.

Integrating all aspects of the recycling process into one platform can streamline operations. It can save time and eliminate the potential for errors or duplication of effort associated with manual data entry. Furthermore, an integrated platform can improve traceability by providing a complete picture of the recycling process from start to finish. This can help maintain compliance with regulations and ensure transparency for customers and stakeholders.

Is that all? Absolutely not! Plastic recycling can be more cost-effective when using an integrated platform. Companies can reduce IT infrastructure costs, simplify supplier management, and eliminate the need for multiple software licenses by integrating multiple functions into one platform. In addition, an integrated platform can reduce labor costs by automating manual processes and streamlining operations.

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A Smarter Way to Recycle: Evreka Facilitates Plastic Recycling 

We’re here to change the way you do business! With Evreka360, you can manage your recycling operations more efficiently. Your plastic recycling business can particularly benefit from Engagement and MRF modules. 

With the Engagement module, you can improve communication with your customers and stakeholders. Your customers can report issues, request services, and track progress through a user-friendly interface. Our Engagement module also comes with capabilities for collecting recycling data from your customers. It includes information on the type, quantity, and origin of the materials.

Our MRF module enables plastic recyclers to operate their material recovery facilities more efficiently. You can easily manage both inbound and outbound operations with this cutting-edge solution. When you manage inbound and outbound activities on our platform, you can upload photos, documents, etc. 

When it comes to plastic recycling traceability, our MRF module can provide valuable benefits. With real-time monitoring, inventory management, reporting, and integration with other modules, you can improve their operations, comply with regulatory requirements, and accomplish their recycling goals.

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Ready to take the next step in your plastic recycling journey? Get a free demo for Evreka360 and learn how our integrated platform can help you achieve your sustainability goals, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.


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