A model of plastics recycling: Does recycling reduce the amount of waste?

Fletcher B.L. and Mackay M.E. (1996) A model of plastics recycling: Does recycling reduce the amount of waste?. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 17 2: 141-151. doi:10.1016/0921-3449(96)01068-3


Author Fletcher B.L.
Mackay M.E.
Title A model of plastics recycling: Does recycling reduce the amount of waste?
Journal name Resources, Conservation and Recycling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-3449
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0921-3449(96)01068-3
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 151
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Language eng
Subject 1900 Earth and Planetary Sciences
2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2300 Environmental Science
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
Abstract A model for recycling plastics is made to 'phase in' recycling over a given period. The recycled plastic can either replace virgin plastic or enter a new market where plastics are not normally used. The former is denoted as 'true recycling' and the latter, 'new market recycling'. It is shown that 'true recycling' will eventually reduce the amount of waste by the same amount of plastic that is recycled. On the other hand, 'new market recycling' will not reduce the amount of plastic waste and after a given period the overall result is that there is no effect on the amount of plastic waste generated. This is due to the fact that plastics in general have a finite lifetime.
Keyword Municipal solid waste
Plastic
Plastic recycling
Waste reduction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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