chapter  2
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Recycling of Polymers

It is certainly true that plastics left lying around after use do not disappear from view and such post-

consumer waste as foam cups, detergent bottles, and discarded film is a visual annoyance. This is because

plastics are not naturally biodegradable. However, to consider this a detriment is a questionable

argument. Rather, it may well be considered an advantage. This is borne out by the fact that recycling

of plastics materials is now an important field in the plastics industry, not just an activity born under

environmental pressure.