The fully recyclable plastic will prove that the things will get pretty easy in the future as we will be able to stop the pollution causing plastic that is way hard to recycle or cannot get recycled at all. Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory claim that they have come up with a new type of plastic which is endlessly recyclable as it can be recreated in any shape, size, color, texture, etc. and it will not lose its quality and performance. Plastic products made up of polymers are way hard to recycle. So as a solution to polymers, researchers have come up with a better solution.
Lead author Peter Christensen, a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry says, “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.”
Brett Helms, a staff scientist at Berkeley’s Molecular Foundry conveyed, “Circular plastics and plastics upcycling are grand challenges, We’ve already seen the impact of plastic waste leaking into our aquatic ecosystems, and this trend is likely to be exacerbated by the increasing amounts of plastics being manufactured and the downstream pressure it places on our municipal recycling infrastructure. We’re interested in the chemistry that redirects plastic lifecycles from linear to circular, We see an opportunity to make a difference for where there are no recycling options. We’re at a critical point where we need to think about the infrastructure needed to modernize recycling facilities for future waste sorting and processing.”
He added, “If these facilities were designed to recycle or upcycle PDK and related plastics, then we would be able to more effectively divert plastic from landfills and the oceans. This is an exciting time to start thinking about how to design both materials and recycling facilities to enable circular plastics.