A Circular Economy Approach to Plastic Waste

Jack Payne, Paul McKeown, Matthew Jones

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Growing environmental concerns associated with the accumulation of plastic waste in the natural environment has incentivised considerable research into renewable alternatives, and more recently, alternative waste management strategies. This review aims to introduce poly (lactic acid)(PLA), a bioplastic, and recent research within the field. Attention will then shift to research surrounding plastic waste management. Various end-of-life (EOL)options available to plastics will be discussed more broadly, before presenting existing technologies, challenges and future opportunities exclusively for PLA. Herein, all waste management strategies presented for PLA are discussed within the context of industrial feasibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-181
Number of pages12
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Early online date16 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Catalysis
  • Circular economy
  • End-of-life
  • Polylactide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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