Recycling of plastic: accounting of greenhouse gases and global warming contributions.

@article{Astrup2009RecyclingOP,
  title={Recycling of plastic: accounting of greenhouse gases and global warming contributions.},
  author={Thomas Fruergaard Astrup and Thilde Fruergaard and Thomas H. Christensen},
  journal={Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA},
  year={2009},
  volume={27 8},
  pages={763-72}
}
Major greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to plastic waste recycling were evaluated with respect to three management alternatives: recycling of clean, single-type plastic, recycling of mixed/contaminated plastic, and use of plastic waste as fuel in industrial processes. Source-separated plastic waste was received at a material recovery facility (MRF) and processed for granulation and subsequent downstream use. In the three alternatives, plastic was assumed to be substituting virgin plastic… CONTINUE READING

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