El Dorado of Chemical Recycling
Plastic pollution is a topic that has been gaining traction in recent years and it is already seen as a global challenge. Indeed, our civilization struggles to make efficient and sustainable use of this material, with 335 million tonnes of plastic produced in 2016 alone which is expected to substantially increase over the next decade.
Bearing in mind the need to reduce the use of plastic for single-use applications and the necessary diversion from landfill and incineration to mechanical recycling, there is a legitimate question about what to do with those plastics that are too degraded or too contaminated to be reintroduced in the production cycle. Currently, this fraction of plastic waste is exported, down-cycled, or disposed of, but in recent years some technologies have been presented claiming to be able to recycle this waste stream under the name of chemical recycling. This study looks into the state of play of these technologies in the current context and explores their potential for development in the future.
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