2018/09/16: new research, led by Dr. Moritz Kuehnel, would see plastic waste turned into hydrogen. If we're lucky, that could one day be used to fuel hydrogen cars.
"There's a lot of plastic used every year -- billions of tonnes -- and only a fraction of it is being recycled," Dr. Kuehnel told the BBC. "We are trying to find a use for what is not being recycled."
The process works by cutting the plastic, roughening it up and adding a photo catalyst to it. This is a material that can absorb sunlight and transform it into chemical energy.
2018-09-08: To produce a gold ring today, up to 30 tonnes of waste is created. This includes toxic waste such as cyanide, mercury, and sulphuric acid, which then finds its way into the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers. Ten years ago, up to ten times less waste was created because the quality of ore was higher. Today, there is more gold in one tonne of waste electricals than there is in one tonne of ore. We need to be recovering this gold from waste before mining virgin ore.
Author: Maurice Golden MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
Precious Plastic started 5 years ago and has grown into a big community of enthusiastic people aroundrnthe world recycling plastic. Over 200 plastic recycling workspaces have already been set up and arnnew one is opening up somewhere around the world every week. This is great and keeps expanding.rnHowever, the plastic problem is still way, way bigger than us- most of the plastic is still laying aroundrnas waste. We can do more. Specially looking out our map with +6000 people from around the worldrnwanting to get started. Until now Precious Plastic is hacked together with minimal resources thanks tornthe help of people around the world. It is now time to step up our game and get more professional (atrnleast a bit :). We have been gathering feedback and shaping a plan for a new version. Precious Plastic
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