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Pet Waste Management by Chemical Recycling: A Review

Sinha, Vijaykumar, Patel, Mayank R., Patel, Jigar V.
Journal of polymers and the environment 2010 v.18 no.1 pp. 8-25
aminolysis, glycolysis, hydrolysis, methanolysis, pollution, polymers, recycling, socioeconomics, waste disposal
The paper reviews the problem due to the use and disposal of synthetic polymers to the environment and its solutions; in particular poly (ethylene terphthalate). Wide spread application and non-biodegradability of the PET creates huge amounts of waste and disposal, tend to a serious problem. The most important cause for recycling and reprocessing the waste PET has arisen from the awareness and concern for environmental pollution. To manage this various methods of polymer recycling has been proposed. Among them chemical recycling, i.e. hydrolysis, methanolysis, glycolysis and aminolysis are reviewed in detail. Appropriate technology and waste disposal procedures based on the socio-economic aspect to solve this problem are suggested.