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PAH and POP Presence in Plastic Waste and Recyclates: State of the Art

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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Institute of Chemical Process Engineering, University of Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Academic Editor: Frede Blaabjerg
Energies 2021, 14(12), 3451; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123451
Received: 27 May 2021 / Revised: 6 June 2021 / Accepted: 8 June 2021 / Published: 10 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Review Papers in Energy and Environment)
The presence of different pollutants in recycled plastics is reviewed in this article. The desirable circular economy of plastics should be linked to the availability of clean recycled plastics with a non-significant and small to nil amount of substances of concern. Different researchers found polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs), pesticides, dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs and PBDD/Fs) in plastic recyclates. This represents an added difficulty to the effective recycling process of plastics that reduces the demand for energy and materials, in addition to posing a great environmental danger since they represent a vector of accumulation of the contaminants that will finally appear in the most unexpected products. Life Cycle Analysis of the plastic wastes recycling process indicates a great saving of energy, water and CO2 emissions. View Full-Text
Keywords: plastic waste; dioxins; PCDD/Fs; BFRs; pesticides; legacy compounds; recyclates plastic waste; dioxins; PCDD/Fs; BFRs; pesticides; legacy compounds; recyclates
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Conesa, J.A.; Nuñez, S.S.; Ortuño, N.; Moltó, J. PAH and POP Presence in Plastic Waste and Recyclates: State of the Art. Energies 2021, 14, 3451. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123451

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Conesa JA, Nuñez SS, Ortuño N, Moltó J. PAH and POP Presence in Plastic Waste and Recyclates: State of the Art. Energies. 2021; 14(12):3451. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123451

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Conesa, Juan A.; Nuñez, Samuel S.; Ortuño, Núria; Moltó, Julia. 2021. "PAH and POP Presence in Plastic Waste and Recyclates: State of the Art" Energies 14, no. 12: 3451. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123451

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