Chemical Recycling: Distraction, Not Solution
The oil, gas, and petrochemical industries tout "chemical recycling" as the solution to the plastic pollution crisis. Industry claims that these technologies will overcome the current failures in plastic recycling, enabling an entirely circular economy in plastic, yet offers little evidence to back these claims. While the viability and impacts of plastic repolymerization remain highly uncertain, industry uses the term “chemical recycling”
to greenwash plastic-to-fuel technologies, seeking public approval for the continued use and disposal of plastic.
Drawing on the recently-published technical assessment Chemical Recycling: Status, Sustainability, and Environmental Impacts, this briefing unveils various technologies referred to as “chemical recycling” and addresses toxicity, climate implications, technology readiness, financial viability, and circularity of the processes.
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