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Mike Biddle leads ‘Waste Free Oceans’ Americas

Global – MBA Polymers’ founder Dr Mike Biddle has been elected president of the newly-formed ‘Waste Free Oceans’ Americas, a counterpart of Europe’s WFO organisation which aims to find solutions to the increase in marine litter around the globe.

Biddle was chosen for his ‘strong commitment to promoting responsible management of plastics waste for the last 25 years’. He believes that the plastics discharged into the world’s waters are a valuable resource that should be recovered rather than allowed to enter oceans.

Biddle founded MBA Polymers in the USA in 1992 with the aim of proving the possibility of transforming plastics from complex waste streams into high-quality materials. He worked on plastics application development at General Electric and Cummins Engine before focusing on plastics recycling at Dow. Today, MBA Polymers is considered a world leader in recycling plastics from end-of-life durable goods and more recently began recycling plastics from municipal solid waste.

Biddle has won international recognition for his work on plastics and the environment, including the 2012 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Business (previous winners included Al Gore, Kofi Annan and Gro Harlem Brundtland), the 2010 Economist Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment, and the 2006 Intel Tech Museum Award. He was also named a 2006 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer.

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