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US Government Workshop on Circular Plastics

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.

Attendees included:

  • Representatives from waste management facilities
  • Circular economy experts
  • Commercial plastics producers
  • Bio-based plastics innovators.

 

Presentations

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

 

REFS

Published on energy.gov

Plastics for a Circular Economy Workshop Presentations

 

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