Plastic pollution: why chemical recycling could provide a solution

Plastic pollution: why chemical recycling could provide a solution

This article first published in The Conversation explains the world is drowning in plastic. About 60% of the more than 8,700 million metric tonnes of plastic ever made is no longer in use, instead sat mostly in landfill or released to the environment. That equals over 400kg of plastic waste for every one of the 7.6 billion people on the planet. One reason for this is that many plastics are not recyclable in our current system. And even those that are recyclable still go to landfill eventually. Plastics cannot be recycled infinitely, at least not using traditional techniques. Most are only given one new lease of life before they end up in the earth, the ocean or an incinerator. But there is hope in a different form of recycling known as chemical recycling.

Plastic pollution: why chemical recycling could provide a solution

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