Volume 86 Issue 39 | p. 34 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 29, 2008

Recycling PET To A Higher Value Plastic

Department: Science & Technology

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the common plastic used to make drink bottles, can now be recycled into a higher value biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plastic, according to an international team led by Kevin E. O'Connor of University College Dublin (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es801010e). PET is one of the world's highest volume polymers, produced on a scale of billions of pounds per year. But . . .

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