Strategies for polymer to polymer recycling fromwaste: Current trends and opportunities for improvingthe circular economy of polymers in South America
Polymers are one of the most versatile materials because oftheir excellent cost to performance ratio and durability. Thesereasons have driven the extensive usage of polymers in manycommon applications, and often, their lifespan exceeds theneeds of the application. This generates streams of polymerwastes which retain a substantial amount of their originalproperties and, therefore, could be recycled. Mechanical,chemical, and thermal recycling can be used for polymerrecycling, although in the latter case, the polymeric componentis lost by thermal degradation (energy recovery). This articlereviews the recycling strategies which allow producing newpolymeric materials from waste and the current researchtrends that could enable new opportunities for creating high-value polymeric products from what is now considered as waste.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 25
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