Germany’s long-term goal is to become largely greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In doing so, the German government is aligning itself with the Paris Agreement’s goal of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality worldwide in the second half of this century. Plastics recycling and materials research play a key role in this.
Ever since plastics have become a popular material, manufactures have produced a total of 8.3 billion tons of virgin plastic. The production and usage of plastic has been a resounding success. However, it is alarming what is happening to the plastic that has served its time. The challenges posed by mechanical recycling can be overcome with thermal analysis.