Title Bacteria and catalysts recycle waste plastic into useful chemicals Media name/outlet New Scientist Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 13/10/22 Description The concept of combining chemical breakdown and biological conversion is novel and could form part of a new recycling chain for mixed plastic waste, says Mike Shaver at the University of Manchester, UK.
“The idea that you can catalytically pretreat those polymers to get a diverse set of feedstocks that are then brought together into something that is more economically viable is really important,” he says.
However, this process has only been demonstrated in the lab so far and will need to be shown to make economic sense in the real world, he adds.
URL https://www.newscientist.com/article/2342438-bacteria-and-catalysts-recycle-waste-plastic-into-useful-chemicals/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=home Persons Michael Shaver
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- Sustainable Futures
- Sustainable Consumption Institute