Status of plastics waste in circular economy in the USA

Serpil Guran, Ronald L. Mersky, Sannidhya K. Ghosh

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Circular economy, an economic system where waste is utilized as an economic input, is currently the subject of much interest. Methods to incorporate all wastes into circular economy have not been developed. This paper discusses the current status and options for including plastics wastes in circular economy in the USA. Utilizing some plastics wastes as fuel is the most feasible path to doing so at present. Completely closed-loop circular economy for plastics would require fundamental changes in how plastics-based products are designed and manufactured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCircular Economy
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspective
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789811510526
ISBN (Print)9789811510519
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Circular economy
  • Plastics waste
  • Recycling


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