Greenhouse gas emissions from the treatment of household plastic containers and packaging: Replacement with biomass-based materials

02 April 2014

Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan aimed to quantify the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction that could be achieved by replacement of fossil-derived materials with biodegradable, biomass-based materials for household plastic containers and packaging, considering a variety of their treatment options.
The results showed that replacement of fossil-derived materials with biomass-based materials could reduce GHG emissions by 14–20%. When the separate collection ratio reached 100%, replacement with biomass-based materials could potentially reduce GHG emissions by 31.9%. An article about the research is published in Waste Management & Research.
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