Debates continue over what place that mechanical and chemical recycling technologies have in the industry. While the former mechanically crushes or shreds plastic and reforms it into secondary products, the latter chemically breaks plastic down into its building blocks, acclaimed to make virgin-like polymers of a higher quality from hard-to-recycle plastics.
Is one of the two technology types better than the other? Is chemical, with nowhere near the market maturity, attempting to edge out long-standing mechanical technologies? Or can these systems and processes co-exist, each with their own beneficial capabilities?