New Video Showcases Growing Number of Processes to Unlock the Value of Non-Recycled Used Plastics

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WASHINGTON (June 27, 2014) – The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division has released a new, animated video that explores a growing number of processes that are helping to unlock the value of non-recycled used plastics—as new materials and as energy.

The video, “Beyond Recycling: Recovering the Energy in Non-Recycled Plastics,” illustrates and explains processes for recycling plastics and converting those plastics that can’t be economically recycled into various forms of energy, including oil, gas, electricity and liquid and solid fuels. By telling the story of what can happen to everyday plastics after we use them, the video was designed to help policymakers, regulators, waste management professionals and other thought leaders see the vast potential of used plastics—to be reused in new products from recycling, or tapped as a source of domestic energy.

Today, we have more opportunities to recycle plastics than ever, and an increasing number of technologies are allowing us to convert non-recycled plastics into useful energy,” said Craig Cookson, director of sustainability and recycling for ACC’s Plastics Division. “Even after use, plastics are valuable materials that should not go to waste, and thanks to today’s technologies, they don’t have to.”

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