Chemical Recycling

Problems With Chemical Recycling

GAIA has released a new technical analysis authored by chemical engineers Dr. Andrew Neil Rollinson and Dr. Jumoke Oladejo. The report reveals that chemical recycling is polluting, energy intensive, and has a track record of technical failures, and concludes that it is impossible for chemical recycling to be a viable solution in the short window of time left to solve the plastic problem, especially at the scale needed.

As a companion to the technical assessment, GAIA has released a briefing summarizing the main findings from the technical assessment, as well as some further conclusions from previous GAIA and Zero Waste Europe publications.

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Chemical Recycling Technical Assessment and Briefing



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