Plastic Waste – Transformation into a Resource

According to an August 11, 2020 Department of Energy news release “... Plastics … keep us safe and healthy, as well as enhance our day-to-day convenience and efficiency … managing plastic waste is a significant and growing global challenge … American ingenuity will be the solution … [the newly established] Plastics Innovation Challenge … draws on the extensive research capabilities within the DOE National Laboratories, universities, and industry … the goal of this Challenge is to transform used plastic from a waste to a resource though advanced technologies deployed by American companies …” – Challenge participants will develop “… new collection technologies to prevent plastics from entering the ocean … new methods to deconstruct existing plastic waste and upcycle it into higher value products … [and] new plastics that are recyclable-by-design so that less plastic will need to be put in landfills …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling