recycling plastics

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recycling plastics

Post by Sara » 23 Jun 2015 17:49

Hi everybody,
I'm running a LCA study and I have to model the end of life stage of a beer bottle. I cannot find in the ecoinvent 3.1 any activity like, for exemple, "treatment of plastic, post-consumer..." or something like these. Can you help me or, at least, can you tell me why such activities aren't present in the ecoinvent for plastics?
Thanks in advance,
kind regards

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Re: recycling plastics

Post by artur.szilagyi » 25 Jun 2015 11:20

Hi Sara,
I have no full ecoinvent 3.1 licence (only guest account to the website) but I think you should be able to see "treatment of waste plastic" activities. Are you sure that it is an openLCA related issue?
See the screenshot below:
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Re: recycling plastics

Post by Nachhaltigkeit » 30 Jun 2015 11:36

this is a dataset for municipal incineration of plastic.
I'm afraid there is no data available in Ecoinvent for recycling plastic. Probably because of non-existing literature about this topic

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Re: recycling plastics

Post by schivlg » 27 Jul 2015 20:03

There has been some work done in the US on recycling plastics. ... -Resin.pdf

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Re: recycling plastics

Post by Sara » 02 Dec 2015 21:29

I'm sorry for my "late" reply but I thank you all for your answers!
In the end of my work about beer bottle I excluded the impacts related to the plastic fraction recycled; I assumed that the other fraction is treated through incineration and landifilling.
Thanks for the pdf document that you shared, I think it will be very useful to me.
Kind regards to all

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