Plastic Waste – DoE Releases Plastics Innovation Challenge

On January 19, 2021, the Department of Energy released its “Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and Request for Information” – The “… Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies … [that will] position the United States as a global leader in design and implementation of advanced plastics recycling technologies and in the manufacture of new plastics that are recyclable by design … [The Challenge] aims to make domestic processing of plastic waste economically viable and energy efficient, develop new and improved plastic materials lacking the same end-of-life concerns as incumbent materials, and ultimately reduce plastic waste accumulation. Four strategic goals define the scope of the Plastics Innovation Challenge: Deconstruction … Upcycling … Recycle by Design … [and] Scale and Deploy … [The Roadmap] identifies key research needs and opportunities …” – The web link to the Challenge is included in the post on the home page of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News at #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling