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The US Plastics Industry Is Booming Thanks To The Benefits Of Hydraulic Fracturing Technology.
- Aug 20, 2018 -

Jon Ratzlaff, the injection and roll technology service manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical, said the oil and gas industry in the United States was booming because of hydraulic fracturing, but marine plastic waste was booming, foreign media reported. The problem will be a huge challenge for the industry.

"You may remember the old saying that when the organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries sneeze, the world will catch a cold. And today, when OPEC sneezes, the United States gives them a napkin, "Ratzlaff said. This is because the development of hydraulic fracturing of shale gas has made the United States and Canada the major energy centers. In North America, natural gas is used to make ethylene, which can be polymerized into polyethylene, which is by far the most commonly used plastic molding material.

"Now is the best opportunity for the development of the plastics industry. This is an extremely important opportunity for the United States and Canada, "Ratzlaff said in a twist." However, plastic pollution on ocean beaches is a serious problem. "

"I bet every one of you can now feel the pain of plastic pollution from the ocean, because social media is bombarding you with news," he said. Young people grow up in social media, says Ratzlaff. "Those young people who are about to take office and we need to hire are very aware of this."

Ratzlaff said this is why companies need to intervene. First, he suggested looking at the www.thisisplastics.com website established by the plastics industry association. He encouraged processors to become "education ambassadors" to listen to stakeholders and use data to clarify the situation in the plastics industry, thereby solving problems.

"While recruiting young people, you need to tell them that you are responsible." Ratzlaff said. Plastic waste pollution is a man-made problem, which is caused by human littering of plastic waste irresponsibly. This is also a problem in the Third World, where poorer developing countries often lack proper waste disposal, allowing plastic waste to enter streams and rivers and eventually into the oceans. But he also said that vigorously banning straws or plastic bags is not the solution to the problem, "blindly banning is not a good choice."

An important industry initiative is that the WPC is already supporting improved waste management solutions, including an initiative by Closed Loop Partners, which focuses on improving waste collection and recycling in Southeast Asia. The initiative is part of the Marine Protection and Rubbish-Free Ocean Treaty, which is being actively supported by some plastic companies and trade associations.

Ratzlaff says that efforts are being made in different parts of the world. India has developed asphalt with broken waste plastic as raw material. "Every third-world country has plastic waste on its beaches, and every third-world country needs asphalt to build roads." He said. A young Dutch inventor raised millions of dollars to fund floating equipment to help collect plastic waste from the ocean and started a nonprofit called Ocean Cleanup. Ratzlaff said the company needed to design recyclable products and try to use recycled materials.