Less than 10% of all plastic trash ever produced has been recycled. Is this the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

A process known as chemical recycling offers a promising way to turn used products into new ones with a minimum of waste

The Aquafil facility in Phoenix, Arizona, turns discarded carpeting into nylon pellets that are later processed into new products. Photos courtesy of RP Siegel

“One of the biggest challenges we have is getting access to sufficient quantities of waste plastic feedstock.” — Tim Dell

While these numbers are still small relative to the 300 million tons (270 million metric tons) of plastic produced each year, the stage is now set for significant growth.

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