Plastic-to-Fuel: A Losing Proposition

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In light of the global plastic crisis, technologies such as turning plastic waste into fuel and burning it are being falsely marketed as circular, climate-friendly, and sustainable. Such incineration technologies -including gasification and pyrolysis- are popping up across the globe, both as large-scale industrial investments and small-scale, backyard projects.

Amid the industry hype for plastic-to-fuel schemes, this advocacy brief highlights the climate, environmental, and health risks from these processes that outweigh any supposed benefits.