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 – Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director, Zero Waste Europe
Industry have started to propose chemical recycling as the latest solution to waste management – a process that turns degraded plastics back into high quality plastics.
However, as detailed in our Chemical Recycling report, the realities are much less optimistic. Our report warns against placing too much faith in chemical recycling noting that the technology is still young, under-analysed and requires much further understanding of associated environmental impacts.
Zero Waste Europe is engaging with many stakeholders to better understand the impacts of this new industrial “fix”, and warning against unnecessary distraction from a circular economy and zero waste approach to waste management.
Want to know more about our work on Chemical Recycling?
Library for Chemical Recycling
Zero Waste Europe releases a study on Chemical Recycling looking into the the state of implementation of the technologies in the European context and giving policy recommendations to ensure Chemical Recycling complements, rather than jeopardises, a real Circular Economy.
Available in English