Turning washed-up plastic trash into valuable resource

NTU team's conversion tech could help make plastic recycling a profitable business

In 2019, about 930,000 tonnes of plastic waste were generated in Singapore, with only 37,000 tonnes recycled.
In 2019, about 930,000 tonnes of plastic waste were generated in Singapore, with only 37,000 tonnes recycled.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Plastic bottles, takeaway containers and grocery bags. Each year, tonnes of such plastic waste find their way onto the shores of Singapore, and there are few satisfactory ways of recycling them.

Now scientists here say that such trash can be turned more effectively into treasure.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2020, with the headline 'Turning washed-up plastic trash into valuable resource'. Print Edition | Subscribe