Letzte Aktualisierung: September 3, 2021

Fighting "white pollution" with bioplastics

China has a plastic problem. Trash is everywhere, and a modern waste and recycling management system are only just in the works. Beijing wants to counteract this issue with bioplastics. Huge production capacities are planned. However, the benefits of bioplastics without industrial composting are limited, and there is the added problem of a lack of facilities.

China likes to think big, not small. And so it hardly comes as a surprise that the production of bioplastics is also being launched on a grand scale. One particular company, the chemical company BBCA Group from Bengbu, is a pioneer in this field. According to a report in the Japanese newspaper Nikkei , the company plans to massively expand its capacity for a new type of preliminary product based on corn starch or sugar cane. The BBCA plans a production volume for 2023 that will exceed what's currently available on the entire global market. Namely, around 700,000 tons of polylactic acid (PLA) per year. The forecast for global PLA sales for 2023 is 370,000 tons, Nikkei Asia writes. "We want to show our answer to white pollution," the newspaper quoted BBCA president Li Rongjie as saying.
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