Public-private partnership in Bay Area seeks to make chemicals from hard-to-recycle plastics

By Berry Craig IV
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

California has a single-use plastic bag ban. However, recycling of plastics remains a challenge. Soiled plastic bags, for example, usually end up in landfills. That could change with a new P3. It’s estimated that Americans take home about 1,500 plastic bags each year. And in our area, here’s many of them end up at the GreenWaste Recovery center in San Jose. Film plastics, as they’re known, can be difficult to recycle.

BioCellection plans to locate labs on-site that will allow the chemical process to be done at recycling centers in a mobile facility no larger than two parking spaces. With the public-private partnership with the City of San Jose and GreenWaste, the team at BioCellection believes they’ll be in full-scale production by next spring.

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