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Assessment of the Environmental Advantages and Drawbacks of Existing and Emerging Polymers Recovery Process

The JRC/IPTS report: "Assessment of the Environmental Advantages and Drawbacks of Existing and Emerging Polymers Recovery Processes"analyses the technical and environmental potential of various plastic recovery schemes, as well as assessing the possibilities for environmentally favourable existing and emerging processes to enter the market. Quality and quantity of plastic waste streams are estimated for 2015. For this purpose the six waste categories packaging, vehicles, electronic equipment, agriculture, municipal waste, and construction are analysed in detail. Existing plastic recovery technologies are analysed with regards to their environmental performance. As a result, the recovery technology mix for different scenarios is calculated which best achieves the objective of environmental sustainability.In addition to the main report there is an Annex report with more details on sources of information, methodology, data and results.

 

 

 

 

 

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