For a new culture of sorting
Editorial by Jan Peter Schemmel, CEO, Oeko-Institut
I pulled almost 30,000 tetrapacks out of the stream of waste – in a single shift. That was in the mid-1990s, when I spent a couple of days in a sorting plant where I sorted waste by hand. They were probably some of the most instructive days I have ever spent at work, providing insights into our throwaway culture, our sorting habits and the vast quantities of plastic packaging that we get through.
Plastics should not be condemned out of hand, because it is indisputable that they have many…