The Holy Grail of plastic recycling has been found by a group of scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. They have developed a plastic that can be recycled indefinitely, in any form or color.
Peter Christensen, one of the researchers on the team and circular economy project manager at Landbell Group, has declared: “Most plastics were never made to be recycled. But we have discovered a new way to assemble plastics that takes recycling into consideration from a molecular perspective.”
This discovery could have a profound effect on the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans and landfills. Moreover, many plastics in use today are combined with chemicals to make them more flexible or resilient and this make more difficult the recycling process.
The advancements made by the group at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory could lead to a more standardized approach to recycling plastics, increasing efficiencies everywhere from production and collection through to recycling of the products.