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Smart Policy And Innovative Technologies, Like Advanced Recycling, Will Deliver On Climate And Sustainability Goals

Rachel Meidl of The Baker Institute writes on Forbes about the environmental benefits of advanced recycling.

The C3 Take
  • Advanced recycling converts post-use plastics into their original materials, theoretically creating an infinite recycling process.
  • In the Houston area alone, advanced recycling could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons of CO2 per year by 2030, all while significantly benefitting the economy.
  • In order to grow advanced recycling, we must look to the innovation of the private sector and smart policies to support it.

“Unlike traditional recycling, advanced recycling can handle contamination, impurities, mixed polymers, and low-quality, low-density plastics. By producing virgin-grade plastic feedstock, the process also avoids ‘downcycling,’ which decreases material quality over time. Conceptually, advanced recycling can be an infinite recycling process. “

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