The 6th International Symposium on Feedstock Recycling of Polymeric Materials is aimed to review, from both scientific and technological points of view, the state of the art and the current situation of the different alternatives and processes for the valorization of polymeric residues by their transformation into raw chemicals, fuels, commercial products and/or energy.
In spite of the progress and advances achieved in many countries along the past decade with the development of integrated systems for the management of polymer wastes, landfilling remains in many cases as the preferred option. Thus, polymer recycling rates are still quite below of those corresponding to other materials, such as paper, glass and metals. Disposal of polymer wastes in landfills should be the last option according to a hierarchical waste management system as it possesses the strongest environmental impact and involves a loss of valuable resources.
Therefore, novel methods must be implemented in the near future for fostering the recycling and recovery of polymeric residues. These methods are expected to comply with a number of criteria, such as high material and energy efficiency and low environmental impact, while affording an attractive profitability so they may allow the modern societies to successfully face the challenge of managing in a right way the huge and increasing amounts of polymeric wastes they generate.
- The 1st ISFR was held in Sendai (Japan) in 1999,
- The 2nd ISFR in Ostend (Belgium) in 2002,
- The 3rd ISFR in Karlsruhe (Germany) in 2005,
- The 4th ISFR in Jeju Island (Korea) in 2007,
- The 5th ISFR was on Chengdu (China) in 2009,
- The 6th ISFR will take place in Toledo (Spain) in 2011.