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Chemists develop radical way to make profitable recycle plastic

United States generates more plastic trash than any other country. According to a 2020 study, about 46.3 million tons of it. The country's 9% rate of recycling will never keep up. The chemistry of today's plastics makes it difficult to recycle. Thermoplastics can be melted...

Scientists develop recyclable plastics based on sugars

University of Birmingham and Duke University scientists have created a new family of polymers from sustainable sources. These sources retain all of the qualities of common plastics. It is degradable and mechanically recyclable. Researchers have used sugar-based starting materials other than petrochemical derivatives and made...