The environmental impact of plastic waste is becoming better known around the world. Hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic are produced around the globe each year — with only about 10 per cent being recycled.
A growing dependence on single-use containers, bottled water, and straws is leading to more plastics clogging our oceans and waterway, and presenting a serious threat to marine life.
An Ontario-based company is looking to reduce the environmental footprint of plastics and waste tire and oil with a new kind of recycling technology. Brett Lawson, of BBL Energy Inc., is working to establish the first recycling facility in Canada that takes waste plastic and used tires and converts them into light diesel oil and natural gas. He and his brother, Brad Lawson, are currently looking at sites in the eastern part of the province.