Chemical recycling: the end of plastic waste?
The world is choking on plastic waste. Less than nine per cent of it is recycled, but an emerging industry promises to change all that. The FT’s Charlotte Middlehurst discovers how chemical recycling - separating complex waste back into its original components, to be used over and over again - could create a so-called “circular economy” for plastic.
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