There must be an independent study to assess the carbon footprint and cost analysis of chemical recycling in comparison with mechanical recycling. The Fead considers this necessary.
According to the European Waste Management Association, it is not clear to date whether chemical recycling is economically and environmentally beneficial compared to mechanical recycling. The Fead announced this in a press release.
In order to create a level playing field between both forms of recycling, the association indicates that chemical recycling installations must be classified as waste processing installations and must therefore also comply with waste legislation. The association excludes the idea of changing the definition of recycling in the European Waste Framework Directive, as it considers it to approach chemical recycling in the right way. Incidentally, Fead does indicate that chemical recycling has a broader scope than just recycling plastics.