As the industry begins to produce in large scale polymers made via chemical recycling processes, those polymers are sure to become future (waste plastic) feedstock and we will need processes that maintain the waste utilization values while minimizing losses within each recycle loop. We will also need to continually evaluate how advances in polymer and plastics production, such as new catalysts, hardeners, dyes, etc., change the chemical recycling outputs.
The entirety of the chemical recycling market is indeed exciting, and the feedstock variations and recycling processes are of keen interest to analytical chemists such as me, particularly in how they influence/affect final product quality and functionality. We do not have all the answers yet but look forward to the journey as the industry investigates and implements solutions for the variables, both now and in the future. Advanced Laboratory Solutions Consulting, LLC is a valued partner to those in the industry, offering solutions for advanced analytical analysis, standards development, laboratory processes standardization, and more. www.alsconsulting.tech.