Chemical Recycling: A ‘Circular’ Plastics Solution or a Ploy to Keep Us Addicted to Single-Use Plastics?

February 29, 2024


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5-15 mins
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Promoted as a “plastic-back-to-plastic recycling game-changer”, chemical recycling is a hot topic in sustainability conversations. Given the go-ahead via a 2022 bill, the controversial technology has begun state-wide development. Critics highlight chemical recycling’s extremely energy-intensive nature and emittance of unregulated toxins. Master’s student Katelyn Heflin examines the issue in this article from the School for Environment and Sustainability.

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