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  • Technological innovation in the plastics industry and its influence on the environmental problems of plastic waste (SAST project no. 7) : Report on substitution of virgin plastics by recycled materials


The project is a response to concerns about the increasing variety and quantity of plastic waste and depletion of fossil feedstock. Its aim is to investigate and identify innovative instruments and strategies in the context of plastic waste management. The main question is how virgin polymers can be replaced by recycled materials. Two main recycling routes, mechanical and chemical/refinery recycling, can be identified. The first project phase involved an overall analysis, and makes a tentative analysis of the main issues. Four sectors of industry were studied: automotive industry; food packaging; non-oil based polymers; recycled materials; plus ecobalances methodologies. In phase two a review workshop was set up with the reformulation and the restart of the delayed study on food packaging.

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Authors: GANAPINI W, Lombardia Risorse (IT);JACHIA E, Lombardia Risorse (IT);CASTIGLIONE D, Plastic Consult Srl;BIANCHI U, Università di Genova (IT);PETRILLO A, Domus Academy
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14735 EN (1992) 112 pp., FS, ECU 20
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Record Number: 199310436 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en