Plastic waste management and environmentally degradable plastics in Hungary
Polimery 2002, No 7/8, 551
General characteristic of Hungarian plastics industry in 2000, present state of plastics waste management and legislative issues concerning plastics waste management have been described. Wastes in majority are landfilled and only small amounts of them are incinerated or recycled. Plastics recycling is limited to post-production one. There are very few companies collecting and processing wastes from other sources (e.g. municipal wastes). The results of research works, carried out in several Hungarian scientific centers, on environmentally degradable plastics (EDP) have been discussed in details. These works focus on the blends of polyolefins (PP, PE) with thermoplastic starch (TPS). Data concerning the effect of compatibilizer presence on the morphology and mechanical properties of the blends have been presented.
Keywords: Hungary, plastics, wastes, recycling, environment, degradation