A New Kind of Plastic Could Be Recycled Indefinitely

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Scientists say they’ve developed a kind of plastic that can be recycled an unlimited number of times.

Usually, the recycling process takes a serious toll on the quality of plastics. But New Scientist reports that the new material, PBTL, can be broken down and remolded into something new that’s just as high-quality as the original — meaning, potentially, a whole lot less plastic filling our landfills.

The team, led by Colorado State University chemist Eugene Chen, came up with a way to break the plastic back down into individual monomers, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. All it takes is 24 hours of boiling and chemical treatment.

So as long as the plastic isn’t mixed in with any other kinds, Chen told New Scientist that PBTL can be broken down and recycled indefinitely.”

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