Polymer Waste Recycling and Management

Solid waste treatment is a significant problem nowadays. Millions of solid waste is produced worldwide per year. They are often trashed to landfills but this is both an ecologically and economically unacceptable way. A sustainable alternative is the use of wastes as secondary materials for the manufacture of different types of products. Special emphasis is placed on the recycling of polymeric waste and on the way of their management respecting the principle of waste hierarchy: minimization/prevention, collection, separation, identification, recovery by recycling, biological recovery, energy recovery by incineration and storage in ecological landfills.

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