More than 85% of plastics enterprises have adopted recycling equipment and recycled materials

- Apr 29, 2019-

The circular economy model emphasizes organizing economic activities into a feedback process of "resources, products and renewable resources".


Recently, media organizations conducted an online survey in the form of a questionnaire. A total of 1,140 respondents participated in the survey, which were from automobile (21.43%), packaging (15.27%), medical (20.57%), electronic and electrical appliances (13.68%), construction (12.51%), material manufacturers (11.33%), mechanical equipment manufacturers (3.44%) and other industries (1.77%).


The results of the survey


1. A total of 97.02% of respondents expressed concern about the market and technological development of the circular economy, indicating that the Chinese market pays great attention to the circular economy.

In addition to concerns, the survey also asked whether companies are taking concrete actions to support the circular economy, such as using recycling equipment in factories.

The results show that 86.58% of the respondents' enterprises now adopt recycling equipment, which is quite high.


For those enterprises that did not adopt recycling equipment, the main reasons were insufficient understanding of recycling equipment technology (41.33%), while other reasons included high cost (29.08%) and no demand (21.43%).


2. 85.61% of the respondents work in enterprises that use recycled/biology-based materials, while those that do not use recycled/biology-based materials are mainly due to insufficient understanding of technology (36.36%), high cost (29.44%) and lack of demand (19.05%). Some respondents also say that the reason is limited by relevant laws and regulations (12.99%).


Social awareness needs to be improved


Supply chains still need to be perfected


For the * problem China faces in developing circular economy, the lack of public awareness (34.48%) is considered as a stumbling block to be solved, while the incomplete supply chain (21.60%) is also the key to development.

Other challenges include improved knowledge of related technologies (17.53%), improved regulations (14.82%), low market demand (7.02%), and a lack of business model (4.16%).


As for the solutions, some interviewees put forward different opinions. For example, the government can strengthen the awareness of resource conservation and establish a reward and punishment system, while the industry can build a more perfect resource and technology sharing pipeline.


Li jinhui, professor and scientist of recycling economy and urban mineral resources team * of school of environment, tsinghua university, and executive director of the asia-pacific regional center for Basel convention of the United Nations environment program, pointed out: after more than 20 years of development, China has become a big country in the recycling of waste plastics. In 2017, the domestic recycling amount of waste plastics was 16.93 million tons.

However, for a long time, China's renewable plastic processing enterprises are mainly self-employed, with low technical level and small capacity equipment. According to the industrial capacity classification standard, most of them are small and medium-sized enterprises.


With the transformation and upgrading of renewable plastic processing enterprises, the domestic renewable plastic industry has officially entered a new stage of transformation and upgrading.

In the field of technical equipment, there is still a significant gap with foreign equipment manufacturers in automation and integration.


The whole recycled plastic processing supply chain construction, the upstream and downstream enterprises need to work together.

Enterprises need to optimize processing machinery and equipment, attach importance to technological innovation and environmental protection, in order to improve product quality and establish brand, promote the formulation of industry standards and policies through enterprise standards and advanced management experience, and form a good market environment for green renewable products.


The recycling and recycling market has a promising future


In terms of future investment in recycling and recycling, the survey also shows that 93.77% of respondents will consider increasing relevant investment in the future, indicating that the relevant market has great potential and broad space for development!

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