Technique Turns Waste Plastic Into Valuable Chemicals

Technique Turns Waste Plastic Into Valuable Chemicals
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A novel technique can simultaneously break down the most commonly used form of plastic and synthesize valuable, widely used molecules, potentially making some plastic waste recycling more attractive and practical, a new study finds.

Roughly 300 million metric tons of plastic waste is created every year, with nearly 12 billion metric tons of such garbage expected to pollute the planet by 2050.

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