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Trade in Scrap Materials: Looking Beyond Plastics

Version 1 : Received: 1 October 2020 / Approved: 2 October 2020 / Online: 2 October 2020 (13:56:05 CEST)

How to cite: Pacini, H.; Golbeck, J. Trade in Scrap Materials: Looking Beyond Plastics. Preprints 2020, 2020100044 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0044.v1). Pacini, H.; Golbeck, J. Trade in Scrap Materials: Looking Beyond Plastics. Preprints 2020, 2020100044 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0044.v1).

Abstract

Growing evidence about the negative socio-environmental consequences of plastic pollution led to various initiatives for better plastic scrap governance and its trade. At the same time, an examination of recent data shows that plastic scrap represents only a fraction of recyclable materials which are traded internationally and are also subject to similar problems of cross-border environmental governance. A limited analysis comparing plastics, textiles, paper and ferrous metals suggests that ongoing momentum for improvement of plastic scrap governance and circularity should also be framed to consider other types of secondary materiais.

Supplementary and Associated Material

https://comtrade.un.org/: Primary trade data source

Subject Areas

Scrap; waste; materials; trade; resource flows; embedded emissions; circular economy

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