Plastic-eating Bugs-Can Bacteria Break Down Plastic Bottles?

Plastic-eating Bugs-Can Bacteria Break Down Plastic Bottles?

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Downloadable Video - 2013
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Ireland is among the highest waste producers in Europe. Our waste every year would fill Croke Park to the top of the stands! Thankfully we've moved quickly from a position of almost total reliance on landfill to a high level of recovery of certain recyclable materials, however plastic bottles have a low recycling value and a lot of these bottles (which are often non-biodegradable) end up in landfills forever. So how can we convert that waste into something that is valuable? Kevin O'Connor at UCD may have the answer, with new technology that uses a combination of chemistry to break down plastic bottles and bacteria to convert the breakdown product to a biodegradable plastic.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Network Ireland Television, , [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (4 min., 18 sec.)) : sound, color

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