The production of recycled plastic compared to virgin plastic means an 80% reduction in the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere (reduction of the carbon footprint).
Information collected from the European Commission COM(2018)
THE IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLING
Recycled recycled materials always beat virgin production in all environmental indicators. For plastics, there seems to be a consensus that recycling saves between 30% and 80% of the carbon emissions generated by the processing and manufacture of virgin plastic.
If all plastic is recycled, this could generate an average annual saving of 30 to 150 million tons of CO2, which is equivalent to stopping between 8 and 40 coal-fired power plants worldwide.
Considering that only about 9% of plastics are currently recycled worldwide, there is much to be done to make things better.
Increasing plastics recycling has the potential to:
- Slow down the life cycle growth of LOL (greenhouse gas) emissions from plastics.
- Prevent them from entering the marine environment.
Some LCAs maintain the assumption that all products are collected, recycled and reused in the "end of life" phase. The reality, however, is not that simple and often depends on the recycling rate depending on the particular city or country. The end-of-life scenario has a major impact on stroke outcomes and what can be done to reduce impacts. In many studies it is found that the recycling systems of PET containers in closed circuits work very well, receiving a high rate of recycled PET.
(Information gathered from a recent report by Imperial College London)