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This review covers the options for recycling of plastic waste and provides a general overview of the main issues associated with plastic disposal. It provides a summary of the quantities and type of plastics in the waste stream and also the main effects of recycling on the plastic material itself. The four types of recycling: primary, secondary, tertiary and quarternary, the requirements each places on the feed stock, and the uses of each are given.

Keywords: incineration; landfill avoidance; plastic; polymer; processing; recycling

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

Publication date: October 30, 2007

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