Plastic Waste – Environmental Impact, Sustainability, Recyclability and Degradation

According to a June 3, 2020 CHEManager Magazine story the Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) has released an extensive White Paper titled “Science to enable sustainable plastics” providing analyses of the presentations, discussions and outcomes of the 8th CS3 meeting, held November 10 to 13, 2019 in London, UK – The goals of the meeting were to “… assess the current status of sustainable plastics, identify the most pressing research challenges … and make recommendations about how the field should progress … Developments in chemistry will be key to understand and mitigate the impact of plastics in the environment …” – The summary report contains the following four research challenges: To understand the impacts of plastics throughout their life cycles … To develop new sustainable plastics … Closed-loop plastics recycling; and To understand and control plastic degradation …” - The White Paper is significantly more detailed than can be summarized here #Recycling #PlasticWaste #Microplastics