Chemists tout polystyrene depolymerization for plastics recycling

10/1/2012 | Royal Society of Chemistry

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have developed a method for turning polystyrene from waste products into a styrene monomer to produce new materials. "We recycle less than half of our plastic waste in the U.S., and worldwide probably a lot less. Mostly we put it in landfill or burn it," said Lanny Schmidt, the team's lead researcher. Most plastics from municipal waste, if recycled at all, end up as low-value products because it's "too expensive to clean it up and turn it into something useful," he added.

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