Virginia has begun a recycling push aimed at expanding curbside pickup, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said.
“That’s a big concern,” he said after visiting a Richmond-area company that makes biodegradable insulation intended as a replacement for foam plastic products that researchers estimate can take up to 500 years to decompose. Afterwards he said
“We are in contact with all recycling companies that may find it difficult to do curbside pickup to understand what we can do to better promote curbside pickup and the use of recycled materials. I came,” he said.
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Youngkin said he is already working with all state government facilities to have recycling infrastructure in place.
Youngkin said his tour of TemperPack was a reminder that plastic waste is a major problem these days.
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TemperPack’s insulation — a sort of sandwich of paper and cornstarch and modern corrugated paper inserted between thick layers of kraft paper — uses 50% of the extruded polystyrene foam that fills landfills and can suffocate. We are aiming directly for yearly dominance. wildlife.
A state Department of Environment and Quality task force said this week that Virginia will consider launching a trust fund to provide subsidies aimed at expanding recycling by helping pay for collection containers, vehicles and processing equipment. said it should.
Virginia will also provide incentives to local governments and regional planning bodies to create public recycling services, and to attract private recycling facilities in the region through the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, according to the task force. should consider providing it.
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It also raised tire recycling fees, which were lowered to 50 cents per tire in 2011, and “extended producer responsibility,” such as the American Coatings Association’s “PaintCare” program, which seeks to recycle paint waste. I also suggested starting a
Meanwhile, Youngkin said he would like to tour TemperPack because it is an example of the kind of business innovation he hopes to foster.
The seven-year-old company was started by three friends in a garage and raised $140 million this year.
The company’s latest move is to move from supplying insulation packages to selling machines so that companies can customize their own insulation.
These machines can make insulation packages of various thicknesses. Because, as company CEO Bob Beckler said, “On a day like this, you may not need as much as when he was 98 degrees in Richmond.”
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TemperPack designed and improved the machine in Henrico County, which employs 300 people. Youngkin, who studied mechanical engineering at Rice University, took a closer look at how machines work and even got the chance to run one of his own.
He also said he got a good feel for the unique system TemperPack uses to make the corrugated paper cores for their products, but he’s keeping it a secret.
“Give me this,” he said, “that’s rollers running at different speeds.”
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