Chemical recycling ‘no silver bullet’ for plastic waste, green group warns

Chemicals-based techniques to replace the mechanical recycling of plastic waste could undermine progress towards meeting EU waste and climate goals, according to campaign group Zero Waste Europe

Chemicals-based techniques to replace the mechanical recycling of plastic waste could undermine progress towards meeting EU waste and climate goals, according to environmental group Zero Waste Europe. 

While conventional plastic recycling involves sorting, washing and compounding different polymers into lower quality secondary materials, plastic chemical recycling - covering a number of different techniques - turns polymers back into their constituent monomers, allowing them to be reprocessed into new forms of plastic.

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