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Waste plastics unzipped into useful chemicals

from Chemistry World

Useful small molecules with potential applications in the cosmetics and fine chemical industries have been recovered from waste plastics by scientists in the U.S. Petroleum based polymers such as polyesters and polycarbonates make up a significant proportion of the 100 million tons of plastic waste generated globally every year, of which only between 5 - 30 percent is recycled. Traditional recycling commonly leads to new plastics with inferior properties that frequently find use in lower grade applications, such as fibers or carpeting. more

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