Plastic Waste – Conversion into High-Value Products

According to an October 26, 2020 news release, researchers with Australian RMIT University  have developed a “… low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products … The method harnesses a new type of ultra-efficient catalyst that can make low-carbon biodiesel and other valuable complex molecules … the team fabricated a micron-sized ceramic sponge … that can perform several chemical reactions in sequence … The sponge-like catalysts are cheap to manufacture, using no precious metals … It’s a low-technology, low-cost approach … The next steps … are scaling up the catalyst fabrication from grams to kilograms and adopting 3D printing technologies to accelerate commercialization …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodWaste #BioDiesel