5th Members’ Meeting “What can be done with waste plastics?” (30/1/2019)
Currently, a significant threat has been posed by microplastics to the international community provoking a rapid shift to replacing plastic bags with alternative materials and refraining from use of plastic straws and bags in daily life. The issue of plastic circulation is, however, nothing new, but has long been taken as the key to solving the problem of material circulation from the early stage when the recycling-oriented society was proposed.
While thermal recovery has now become the mainstream techniques for waste management in Japan, it is yet to be established for plastic waste management. In view of the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and circular economy, further study is needed to maximize the residual value of materials regarded in a lump sum as ‘plastics’ following thermal, chemical and material circulations.
In the first of seminar series entitled “What can be done with waste plastics?”, Dr Thoru Kamo will bring attention to the future direction of plastic circulation including the issue of microplastics and Dr Shuji Owada from Waseda University, expert on recycling techniques, in particular, those for selection, will deliver a talk on the plastic material selection, followed by a discussion.
Date & Time: 13:30 pm 〜 16:30 pm January 30, 2019
Venue: Hallo Rental meeting room Jimpocho 10F
Surugadai Building 10th floor, 3-10 Ogawacho, Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo 101-0052
I. “Plastic circulation: Current problems and the future direction”, Dr Tohru Kamo, Chief Senior Researcher, Resources Refining Chemistry Research Group, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
II. “How far plastics can be sorted?”, Professor Shuji Owada, The Department of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Waseda University