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New Plastic Can Be Efficiently Recycled

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bison

The recycling of plastic is a very inefficient and difficult process. Because of this, much of it is simply thrown away. The oceans are getting severely polluted with the stuff.  What recycling does go on often produces inferior products that can't be recycled again, or at best can be recycled a limited number of times.  A new kind of plastic may solve all this. Polydiketoenamine (PDK) can be readily disassembled chemically, at the molecular level. Any colorants or other additives can be removed. It can be reassembled again in any desired form, with just as good quality as before.

Please see the linked article below, for further information:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190507110452.htm

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Nice idea but it will not solve the plastic waste problem. Even if things are made out of the PDK stuff, users/customers must take action to bring the stuff into the recycling channel somehow. Billions over billions of shopping bags, "to-go" coffee mugs, non returnable bottles and others swimming in the oceans or just lie around show that the recycling idea does not work as planned. There is only one way to minimize the problem: to avoid plastic wherever possible, and its possible, example: shopping bags.

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