Processing the plastic problem

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Plastic waste is an increasing global problem. While efforts are being made to encourage recycling and less usage, plastics – especially those that are hard to recycle – are still causing pollution. Science writer Geoff Watts spoke to Adrian Haworth from Recycling Technologies about a chemical process it is using to create a high-value product from plastic waste.

In recent years, there has been a steady rise in public consciousness of the existence of waste plastic and the threats it poses. Images of plastic bags, bottles and pots dumped as landfill or, even more damning, floating in otherwise pristine oceans far from their original site of use have become ubiquitous. Plastic is now political and this development has led to increasing pressure to do something about a state of affairs that is universally agreed to be unacceptable. But what?

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