Trash-based plastics piloted in Central Virginia

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In Central Virginia, the waste management authority will distribute 2,000 recycling bins made from waste plastics, lignin, cellulose, sugar and fibers.

The pilot program uses material made by Israel’s UBQ Materials, a startup with a patented process to convert unsorted garbage into thermoplastics.

“We’re hopeful that within a few years, every Virginian will be able to dispose of their recycling in a UBQ bin and many more products will be made out of this remarkable material,” said UBQ’s CEO Tato Bigio said in the statement.

Environmental impact assessment firm Quantis says for every ton of UBW thermoplastic produced, 12 tons of CO2 are saved from the environment.