Chemical recycling of plastics a ‘dangerous distraction’, campaigners warn

Environmental damage from ‘chemical recycling’ outweighs any benefits to tackling plastic waste, campaigners have said, despite official EU backing for the technology.

by Robert Hodgson
Waste: study questions whether recycled plastics produced via chemical recycling could ever be cost competitive (Photo by FREDRIK VARFJELL/AFP via Getty Images)
Waste: study questions whether recycled plastics produced via chemical recycling could ever be cost competitive (Photo by FREDRIK VARFJELL/AFP via Getty Images)

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