New recycling method maintains the quality of plastics
Today’s Video of the Day from the University of Bath describes a new technique that can break down plant-based plastics into their original form. This method will allow plastic products to be recycled repeatedly while maintaining their quality.
“Most plastic is currently recycled using mechanical methods, where they are chipped into granules and melted down before being moulded into something new,” explained Professor Matthew Jones.
“The problem is, melting plastic changes its properties, and reduces the quality, which limits the range of products in which it can be used.”
“Our method of chemical recycling overcomes this problem by breaking down plastic polymers into their chemical building blocks, so they can be used all over again to make virgin plastic without losing any properties.”
Video Credit: University of Bath