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Europe Eyes Plastic Recycling Efforts

Region faces three technical challenges to its circular plastics economy plan

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By 2030, the European Union (EU) wants all plastic packaging to be reusable, or recycled in a cost-effective manner. By the same year, half of all plastics waste generated in Europe should be recycled — aided by a four-fold increase in sorting and recycling capacity from a 2015 baseline. This is the goal of its European Plastics Strategy. In response, Europe’s leading trade and academic organizations issued a 29-page report highlighting three main challenges to creating a genuine circular plastics economy in the region.In “Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy,” the Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem); the…

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