Benefits and Risks of New Polymers in the Current and Future Recycling System

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New plastics are increasingly being developed to address challenges around plastic pollution and end-of-life management. However, the incorporation of these new polymers into the existing plastic ecosystem raises numerous risks, as well as some benefits. This flash talk briefly discusses how new plastics could raise contamination levels and prevent mechanical recycling, how we could mitigate that risk by improving education around recycling collection, and how new plastics could potentially reduce the cost and environmental impact of certain chemical recycling technologies.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) Transitioning to a Sustainable, Circular Economy for Plastics Workshop, 8-9 June 2023, Seattle, Washington

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-86469


  • benefit-risk analysis
  • circular economy
  • plastic
  • recycling


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