GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Page 79



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If a technology
ultimately destroys
the resource it is
processing, such as
creating fuel that will
be burned, it’s not
recycling.
Lynn Hoffman
Co-President, Eureka
Recycling, Minneapolis,
Minnesota
©iStock/Oskanov
and one-pager[13] investigating the US “chemical
recycling” industry.
“If a technology ultimately destroys the resource
it is processing, such as creating fuel that will
be burned, it’s not recycling.” - Lynn Hoffman in
testimony to the House Committee on Energy
and the Environment.
How should policymakers treat chemical
recycling? Decision makers should reject
“chemical recycling” project proposals and
13 Tangri, N. & Wilson, M. (2017). Waste Gasification
& Pyrolysis: High Risk, Low Yield Processes for Waste
Management. Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
https://www.no-burn.org/gasification-pyrolysis-riskanalysis
legislation that enables further growth of the
“chemical recycling” industry, particularly in
environmental justice communities. We don’t
have any more time to waste on greenwashing
techno-fixes like “chemical recycling”, and
such projects should not receive public funds.
Instead, cities and states need to focus on what
actually works: reducing the amount of plastic
produced and joining government leaders from
around the world in transitioning to zero waste
systems.
If however, chemical recycling projects are
already underway, regulations must clearly
distinguish true chemical recycling (plasticto-plastic) from plastic-to-fuel, as described

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