New report looks at the future potential of chemical recycling

November 13th, 2019

A new study from Zero Waste Europe attempts to clarify the future potential of chemical recycling in the plastics industry. The study examines the relevant information available, the current state of implementation in Europe, and gives policy recommendations to ensure chemical recycling can help the shift to a circular economy.

However, the report makes it clear that chemical recycling does not represent a silver bullet solution, and that a change in consumer habits is still paramount for a more sustainable industry.

“The chemical recycling hype should not divert attention from the real solution to plastic pollution which is replacing single-use plastics, detoxifying and simplifying new plastics, and designing business models to make efficient use of plastics,” said Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director of Zero Waste Europe.

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