Downcycling


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Downcycling

Recycling of a waste stream to create a new material that has properties inferior to those of the original virgin materials. A good example is recycled plastic (HDPE) panels made of multicolored waste sources.
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Some countries do not prefer compostable packaging as it is downcycling. But there is definitely a place and time for biodegradable packaging - if there is no easy access to recycling and a high risk for the packaging to end up in nature.
Upcycling is part of a bid to counteract the impact of downcycling, which is whenthe quality of a material is reduced during the recycling process.
Hence, recycling is often referred to as downcycling.
[38.] Ortego, A., Valero, A., Valero, A., and Iglesias, M., "Downcycling in Automobile Recycling Process: A Thermodynamic Assessment," Resour Conserv Recycl 136, 2018, doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.04.006.
In recent years, corporations have offered the methods of recycling, upcycling, and downcycling to curb the plastics pollution.
In fact it's extreme "downcycling" when it costs more than its value to re-use the materials.
Although, after application as structural material, a downcycling for applications as soil conditioner in agriculture is envisaged, the first steps are production and testing of the biocomposite.
Though a truly closed loop, circular economy is their ultimate goal, thus far any collected used clothing that is not sent overseas or incinerated for energy production is still undergoing downcycling into items like carpet padding and stuffing for toys.