Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Chemical Recycling
Chemical recycling and recovery of plastics often refers to processes such as gasification and pyrolysis, in which polymers are chemically broken down to monomers. These monomers can be used to produce new polymers and plastics, either by reproducing the original or developing new types of polymeric products (Grigore, 2017). However, more often than not, plastic is simply turned to fuel and then burned, releasing the carbon into the atmosphere. This is not defined as recycling in the EU Waste Framework Directive.
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