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Understanding the primary recycling methods
Recycling innovations happen every day
Designers are creating products with the potential to be recycled in mind, and right now they are uncovering a variety of new solutions to increase recyclability and transform the end-of-life process.
What's next for recyclability?
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The ideal waste for mechanical recycling is plastic waste streams that produce one type of plastic in a large quantity. A single type of clean plastic yields greater environmental and financial benefits, especially when factoring in the costs required to collect, sort and transport multiple types.
Laminated and composite plastics, low-quality mixed plastics and contaminated plastics are a few examples of plastics that could be candidates for chemical recycling.
Energy recovery recycling
Energy recovery processes can be versatile. It can convert solid waste into many different types of energy including steam, power, chemicals, substitute natural gas, crude oil and transportation fuels.