What happens to plastic after it is collected at a Plastic Bank collection branch?
After collection, the plastic is recycled and processed into a new raw material called Social Plastic® feedstock which can be purchased by manufacturers and integrated into new products and packaging. Plastic that does not get licensed as Social Plastic® feedstock is sold as commodity plastic to ensure ongoing recycling flows are maintained at all times. This completes the loop – creating a sustainable, circular economy for plastic. To learn more about how we empower a circular economy for plastic, see our About Page.
What makes Social Plastic® feedstock different from other recycled plastic?
All Social Plastic® feedstock is recycled plastic feedstock, but not all recycled plastic feedstock is Social Plastic® feedstock. The purchase of Social Plastic® feedstock helps coastal communities with additional income and life-improving benefits that help them pave a path out of poverty, thus creating environmental, social and economic impact.
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What types of Social Plastic® are available to manufacturers?
Currently, Social Plastic® feedstock is available in four types: