A SECOND CHANCE
A typical American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day.
This equals 254 MILLION tons per year for all Americans.
What doesn’t get recycled ends up in landfills or litters the landscape. Jenna Jambeck, associate professor of environmental engineering at the University of Georgia and plastic waste and marine debris expert, estimates cumulative dumping of plastic into the world’s oceans will reach 155 million metric tons for the period from 2010 to 2025.
In addition to clogging our oceans, plastic litter is strangling wildlife. It is upsetting the balance of ecological systems and destroying natural habitats. It is even showing up in the food chain, having been ingested by fish or mammals. This is a major threat to our world and a terrible legacy for our children and future generations.
Waste Plastics that end up in landfills cause additional problems. Landfills are environmental time bombs. Not only do they sour the air directly surrounding them, but landfill gasses find their way into homes, schools, and businesses, and they have a direct impact on overall air quality. Landfills cause greenhouse gas emissions, the second largest contributor to climate change. They also create and release a toxic liquid called leachate, which has led to groundwater contamination and surface water pollution. These are the major hazards of Waste Plastics.
Thus, it is our mission to do all we can to reduce and ultimately eliminate these hazards. We are creating a positive change for our future & future generations to come!
Research, education, outreach
- Determining ways to decrease or eliminate the need for landfills.
- Harnessing recycling sciences and technologies to improve the health of humans and the environment.
- Exploring alternative products and technologies that boost the value of recycled products.
- Developing new products from recoverable material, reducing the depletion of natural resources.
- Identifying and creating new technologies that will eventually allow all trash to be recycled
- Identifies and creates new technologies that will allow all components of the waste stream to be recycled
- Studies conversion technologies that will decrease or eliminate the need for landfills and create feedstocks
- Detects recycling sciences and technologies that can benefit the environment and improve the health of citizens
- Explores alternative products and technologies that can enhance the value of products manufactured from elements within the waste stream
- Develops new products that can be manufactured by utilizing recoverable resources from the waste stream, reducing the depletion of natural resources
We can become free from landfills and their hazardous effects on our environment by educating municipalities on how to effectively recycle all components of the waste stream. We also…
- Provide a better and more thorough understanding of all components in the waste cycle
- Introduce new ways to reduce and reuse waste
RTW is ReFined Plastics’ humanitarian foundation. Like our parent company, we are cleaning up the environment, providing jobs, and making our corner of the world a better place to live. Will you join us?SUPPORT