On October 12, 2020, an article published in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) offered an overview of the different efforts being made and perspectives taken on chemical recycling and its potential to help society’s transition towards a circular economy. While recyclers and plastics manufactures are investing heavily in infrastructure to scale-up various technologies, critics have argued that chemical recycling is not viable and focus should instead be placed on reducing our use of plastics in general (FPF reported). The article provides a look into current efforts along the plastics supply chain and partnerships being made with major food brands to provide recycled packaging for certain food product lines. With the revenue from global plastics recycling set to triple over the coming decade, the stakes are high for investors in the recycling technologies but so are the skepticism and opposition from critics unwilling to support the use of a material causing pervasive global pollution.

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Alexander Tullo (October 12, 2020). “Companies are placing big bets on plastics recycling. Are the odds in their favor?Chemical and Engineering News