Should recycling be scrapped?
Precycling is the practical solution
Conceptually, plastics recycling certainly is valid, but if it isn’t feasible, it will fail. Many believe the solution to be a new concept termed precycling that transforms plastics waste reduction from the visionary into the practical. Precycling shares the same vision as recycling, but as its name suggests, it aims to accomplish that vision by circumventing the bulk of the recycling process.
Two key elements make precycling work: the use of concentrated liquid products and the use of high-longevity dispensers from which to dispense them. For instance, instead of purchasing and disposing of 21 complete trigger sprayers of regular window cleaner over a period of time, a household would purchase one trigger sprayer of concentrated window cleaner and three cartridge refills to be diluted with water.
New dual-liquid dispensers present new possibilities
Of course, concentrates have had their drawbacks in the past; they can be messy to dilute, harsh to the skin, inconvenient to store, and manufacturers have avoided distributing them because they decrease the number of turns — or number of their actual products sold. However, the newly developed dual-liquid trigger sprayer dispensers from Deardorff Fitzsimmons make concentrates safe and easy to use. Our high-quality Sprayer utilizes small cartridge refills and dilutes the concentrate with water within the sprayhead itself, eliminating the inconvenience of mixing and storage. These cartridge refills help manufacturers to realize a high number of turns and decrease freight costs and fuel emissions while reducing the amount of plastic needed by as much as 90%.
The widespread use of concentrates in myriad markets — from household cleaners to medical surface sterilants – would profit both consumers and manufacturers while benefiting our environment by reducing plastic waste and air pollution from the unnecessary transportation associated with recycling.