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Packaging Plastics in the Circular Economy

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Read the new report on Packaging Plastics in the Circular Economy by the European Academies Science Advisory Council.

The current dominantly linear system leads to extensive leakage into the environment by plastics that persist for hundreds or thousands of years. Reforming this brings us into several scientific domains. These include the technical questions of how to recycle different waste streams, behavioral and psychological aspects of the role of consumers, assessing the effectiveness and cost–benefit balance of different regulatory strategies, objectively evaluating the environmental benefits of alternatives to fossil fuel feedstock, how to achieve biodegradability, as well as current and future environmental impacts in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

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