Advanced Plastic Recycling – GAO Issues “Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics” Report

On September 14, 2021, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) https://www.gao.gov/ reported https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-105317.pdf that “… Chemical recycling is an alternative or complementary technology to current mechanical recycling processes … adopting chemical recycling technologies faces hurdles, like high startup costs and few incentives for investing in innovation … Virgin plastics are typically cheaper to produce than recycled plastics … key questions for policymaker consideration include: What steps could the federal government, states, and other stakeholders take to further incentivize chemical recycling rather than disposal? What are the potential benefits and challenges of these approaches? What steps could policymakers take to support a transition toward a circular economy, including innovation and investment in manufacturing and recycling capacity? What might policymakers do to promote advanced recycling technologies while also reducing the hazards associated with existing plastic production and recycling methods? …” #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste

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