Managing Plastic Wastes

Jean Paul Lange*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Over the past 50 years, the petrochemical industry has been producing numerous polymers to improve the well-being of humanity. Irresponsible disposal of used plastics has, however, led to fouling the environment, harm to wildlife, and the wasting of valuable resources. This paper critically reviews the challenge and opportunities in converting plastic waste into a feedstock for the industry. It discusses mechanical recycling, chemical recycling to monomers and to feedstock, energy recovery, waste disposal, life-cycle-analyses (LCA) and the need for complementing recycling with the renewable carbon as feedstock.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodegradable Polymers in the Circular Plastics Economy
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783527827589
ISBN (Print)9783527347612
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • chemical recycling
  • energy recovery
  • LCA
  • mechanical recycling
  • plastic waste
  • renewable feedstock
  • NLA


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