Chemical Recycling: Distraction, Not Solution
GAIA has released a new technical analysis authored by chemical engineers Dr. Andrew Neil Rollinson and Dr. Jumoke Oladejo. The report reveals that chemical recycling is polluting, energy intensive, and has a track record of technical failures. The plastic pollution problem is getting out of control, with the plastic industry planning on drastically increasing production in the coming decades. We have no more time or money to waste on dysfunctional and potentially dangerous techno-fixes like chemical recycling. As we recover from the economic ravages of COVID-19, we must invest wisely in proven, common-sense solutions that will support public health and a safe environment. Unlike expensive and risky technologies like chemical recycling, investing in zero waste systems is a more cost-effective and efficient approach that addresses the problem at the source, creates good jobs, and builds community resilience for decades to come.