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Prospects for the recycled plastics industry

Echemi 2021-07-21

On July 17, the 2021 Green Recycled Plastic Supply Chain Forum was held in Beijing. Experts at the meeting said that with the formal implementation of the "Fourteenth Five-Year" Circular Economy Development Plan and the continuous improvement of the standard system for the recycling of waste plastics, the recycled plastics industry will usher in new opportunities for development.

The first Green Recycled Plastics Supply Chain Forum was co-sponsored by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation and the China Material Recycling Association, with the purpose of "carrying out policy exchanges, building a green recycled plastics supply chain system, and promoting the healthy development of the industry", and "consolidating consensus and synergy" Action” as the theme.

Zhou Zhuye, vice president of the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation, pointed out that due to irregular disposal of waste plastics, lack of effective recycling technology, long-term accumulation, causing serious environmental pollution. In recent years, China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation has carried out a series of work in cooperation with government departments in promoting industrial chain cooperation and formulating national standards.

Xu Junxiang, president of the China Material Recycling Association, affirmed the achievements of the Green Recycling Plastic Supply Chain Joint Working Group over the past year. He said that the "General Principles for the Evaluation of Plastic Products Easily Recyclable and Recyclable Design" (hereinafter referred to as Shuangyi Design Standard) was officially implemented. The purpose is to promote the recycled plastic recycling industry to take a solid step towards the realization of the industrial chain model, block operation, and closed-loop management and control. The "Shuangyi Design" standard and the "Shuangyi Logo" reflect our pursuit of green development and positive measures to promote the realization of the double carbon goal.

Zhao Kai, executive vice president of the China Circular Economy Association, said that the China Circular Economy Association is willing to work with the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation, the China Material Recycling Association and other related organizations and the majority of enterprises to initiate new developments in the new development stage of the "14th Five-Year Plan". In order to protect national resource security, promote the realization of carbon peak and carbon neutrality, and promote the construction of ecological civilization, we will make our contribution to the development of circular economy, promote the intensive use of resources, build a resource recycling industry system and a recycling system for waste materials, and make our contributions to ensure national resource security, promote the realization of carbon peak and carbon neutrality, and promote the construction of ecological civilization. .

Zheng Houbin, the second-level inspector of the Circulation Development Department of the Ministry of Commerce, said that the recycling of renewable resources carries the functions of promoting resource recycling, improving urban and rural environmental sanitation, and ensuring the security of national resource supply, promoting green and low-carbon development, expanding employment and increasing residents' income. Plays an important role. In the next step, the Ministry of Commerce will follow the requirements of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee to promote the development of waste materials recycling system and the "14th Five-Year Plan" circular economy development plan, and work with industry associations to further promote and guide the renewable resource industry through the introduction of relevant policies and measures. healthy growth.

Zhang Deyuan, deputy director of the Scientific Research Department of the Institute of Macroeconomic Research of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that the development of circular economy is the basic model for achieving sustainable development. The development of circular economy and strengthening the recycling of waste resources can minimize humanity. Activities consume native resources and achieve greater development with fewer resources.

Resource recycling has become an important way to ensure the security of our country's resources. In 2020, the recovery of my country’s ten major renewable resources will reach 378 million tons. According to estimates, compared with the use of primary resources, it is equivalent to saving 400 million tons of standard coal, reducing emissions of 26 billion tons of waste water, 945 million tons of carbon dioxide and 8.86 million tons of sulfur dioxide. 

Li Jinghong, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, GRPG consultant and expert group leader, gave a report on the problems and countermeasures in the prevention and control of plastic pollution in my country at the forum. He believes that the key problems in the prevention and control of plastic pollution in my country are mainly inadequate ideological understanding and weak awareness of prevention and control; unsuitable and imperfect regulations, standards and policy measures; confusion in the plastic product market and lack of effective supervision; and difficulties in the application of degradable alternative products. Restrictive factors; unsound recycling and utilization system of waste plastics, etc.

Dr. Hou Cong, the backbone of the green recycled plastics supply chain research group and the consultant of ExxonMobil’s sustainable development regulatory affairs, introduced that the GRPG joint working group will explore the establishment of a 3+1 system of green standards for recycled plastics, which is to meet the requirements of “green recycled plastic pellets”. Recycled plastic quality requirements; through the "clean production of recycled plastics" to achieve the requirements for the production process of recycled plastics; through the "green recycled plastic production and marketing chain of custody" to ensure the requirements for green circulation of recycled plastics; improve the green design of the source of plastics through the "green design of plastic products" Requirements.

ExxonMobil, Yunnan Qujing Plastics (Group) Co., Ltd., Shanghai Leju Technology Co., Ltd., Dow Chemical (China) Investment Co., Ltd., etc. also shared the recycling of agricultural film, the recycling of take-out lunch boxes, and the recycling of food boxes jointly created by the industrial chain. Cases such as pallet recycling.

During the dialogue session, Man Juan, Deputy Secretary-General of the Foreign Investment Committee of the Federation of Petroleum and Chemical Industries, Chang Jiwen, deputy director and researcher of the Institute of Resources and Environmental Policy of the Development Research Center of the State Council, Director of the Institute of Energy, Resources and Environment of the International Economic and Technical Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Researcher Mao Tao and Zhang Deyuan, deputy director of the Scientific Research Department of the Institute of Economic Reform, National Development and Reform Commission, discussed how to implement the top-level policy design for waste plastic pollution.

Forum also launched special discussions on topics such as "LCA and Carbon Footprint of Recycled Plastics", "Landing and Planning of the Dual System", "Tax Preferences for Waste Plastic Recycling", and "High-value Utilization of Recycled Plastic Particles".

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