Table 3.

The recoverable energy content of plastics compared with other materials. Sources: Plastics, European Reference Life Cycle Data System (2007); paper, Erdincler & Vesiland (1993); wood, Oregon Department of Agriculture (2008); other materials, Breez (2005).

polymeravailable energy (MJ kg−1)
PP46
PE (HD, LD etc.)46
PS42
PET25
PVC18
paper (mixed)16
wood18
sub-bituminous coal10–15