C-MACC Weekly “CRETER” (Climate etc.)
Trash, or Treasure: Waste Plastic Challenges and Opportunities
- Most “advanced recycling” initiatives that are being widely discussed focus on plastic disposal versus plastic re-use and most are looking to downgrade the polymer to a feedstock or fuel, significantly limiting the “closed-loop” potential.
- Disposing of the polymer likely suits the suppliers as it might keep the demand for virgin polymer higher. A more likely outcome is consumer pressure to drive more mechanical recycling, or failing that, a move to renewable-based polymers.
- Separately we look at the expanding importance of sustainability management across corporations and we discuss the API move to support carbon pricing.
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