On December 11–12, 2019 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a workshop titled, "Plastics for a Circular Economy" to discuss technology solutions for addressing plastic waste. Here are the presentations.
The workshop focused on potential solutions including designing new plastics and developing new strategies for recycling and degradation and will include discussions on end-of-life options for existing and next-generation plastics in the context of current and novel recycling strategies.
The objective of this workshop was to identify early-stage applied research problems in this area that need to be addressed in the near-term and long-term.
- Representatives from waste management facilities
- Circular economy experts
- Commercial plastics producers
- Bio-based plastics innovators.
Connecting the Dots- The Intersection of Plastics, Energy and Planetary Health, Mike Biddle, Evok Innovations
Agriculturally Derived Polymers and Composites Targeted toward a Circular Economy, Bill Orts, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Services
PureCycle Technologies Overview- Recycled Resins with Virgin-Like Properties, Amy Waun, Procter & Gamble Company
Carbios- The First and Only Company to Have Developed Biological Processes Based on Enzymes to Breakdown Plastic Wastes into Monomers, Frédérique Guillamot, Carbios
Introduction to the BOTTLE Consortium, Gregg Beckham, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Recycling- A Collector’s and Processor’s Perspective, Stacy Katz, Waste Management
Assessing the Biodegradation and Compostability of Plastics, Jason Locklin, University of Georgia
Polymer:Materials Research @ IBM
Brett Helms, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
NatureWorks – Plastics for a Circular Economy Shannon Pinc
Biobased Resins for Manufacturing in the Circular Economy
Catalysis for Plastic Upcycling
Engineered bioprocess for plastic waste upcycling to chemical feedstocks
Functional Barrier Materials
Sustainability for plastics LCA, MFA, TEA & systems thinking
Brel Circular Economy Analysis
Composite Recycling- Challenges and Opportunities, Melissa Klembara and Kate Peretti, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Chemical Recycling- Challenges and Opportunities, Andrea Bailey, Bioenergy Technologies Office
Biological Recycling- Challenges and Opportunities, Jay Fitzgerald, Bioenergy Technologies Office
Introducing New Plastics- Challenges and Opportunities, Nichole Fitzgerald, Bioenergy Technologies Office
Manufacturing Recycled Content- Challenges and Opportunities, Melissa Klembara and Kate Peretti, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Flexible Packaging- Challenges and Opportunities, Andrea Bailey, Bioenergy Technologies Office
End of Life and Unintended Consequences, Nichole Fitzgerald, Bioenergy Technologies Office
Rethinking Packaging for Circularity- A Mars, Inc. Perspective and Workshop Motivation, Eric Klingenberg, Mars Advanced Research Institute
Published on energy.gov
Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop Presentations