Degradable plastics set for growth

Degradable plastics are not a panacea for the solid waste crisis nor an answer to litter, according to a report by Rapra Technology.1 But they are likely to have an important role in reducing the environmental impact of plastics in agricultural, marine and some packaging applications.

It is not too long since degradable plastics were being promoted by some industrialists and environmentalists as part of the solution to scarcities of landfill capacity. Today's climate, with reuse and recycling the prime plastics waste management options, is much less favourable to degradables.

Rapra's report reviews the different types of degradable plastics currently available, and their present and possible future applications. It als

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