What is it about?
To prevent littering of plastics in the environment, it is important to understand the complete lifecycle of the products made out of plastics and their associated environmental impacts. This will help manufacturers to address the challenges in recovering these plastics after use. In this study, based on the environmental impacts of different disposal options of plastics, strategies are identified across the lifecycle to increase the recyclability of plastics on a global scale.
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Why is it important?
Based on a comprehensive literature review, we have analyzed the environmental impacts of end of life options (recycling, incineration, litter) of different plastic types. Based on the environmental impacts and the consumption/disposal pattern of different countries, preliminary carbon footprint for recovering these plastics for different countries was calculated. From the study, it was found out that 1) Data-gaps exist when it comes to the calculation of the environmental impacts of different end of life options of plastics, 2) Methodological limitations in the assessment of environmental impacts of plastics when landfilled, 3) Recyclability of plastics can be improved only if all the actors (manufacturers, distributors, users, recyclers) of the lifecycle co-operate together and identify the strategies to develop recycling infrastructure across the world.
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This page is a summary of: Design for Recycling Strategies Based on the Life Cycle Assessment and End of Life Options of Plastics in a Circular Economy, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, May 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/macp.202200046.
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