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Recycling, Volume 3, Issue 3 (September 2018) – 17 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Plastic is an indispensable everyday material. From food packaging to sensitive medical [...] Read more. Plastic is an indispensable everyday material. From food packaging to sensitive medical applications, and even in outer space applications, plastic enables the modern lifestyle as we know it today. However, increased consumption and waste accumulation of plastics in recent years challenges the way we handle this material. Plastic is durable and can remain in the environment for centuries, while it emits substantial GHGs when burnt. As recycling technologies improve over time, the recycling of plastic emerges as the most preferential and sustainable option. This is illustrated in our study comprising a sustainability impact assessment of increased plastic recycling in Sweden. By increasing recycling, Sweden could achieve GHG emissions reduction equal to the annual emissions of up to 115,000 diesel cars by 2030. This article provides a full discussion on how is it possible get there. View the paper here.