According to ESWET, a reality check shows that in certain cases energy recovery is a better solution. This includes the presence of substances of concern, the gradually degrading quality of polymers and eco-efficiency.
“As a result, a share of plastic is not suitable for recycling. In addition, in the EU around 30% of plastic waste ends in landfills. It means that it is lost as a resource, while it could have been transformed into a new product or energy in Waste-to-Energy plants, increasing resource efficiency”, ESWET states.
The position paper can be downloaded here.