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Recycling Progress (01:02)

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Ireland is among the highest waste producers in Europe. Plastic, paper and aluminum waste is now reused, aided by frequent collection.

Biodegrading Plastic Process (01:21)

Scientists melt non-biodegradable plastic and feed it to bacteria that convert it to polymers.

Biodegradable Plastic Products (00:51)

Polymers produced by bacteria can be used as rubber, pellets, and adhesives.

Biodegradable Technology Future (00:52)

Irish scientists hope to scale up the plastic conversion process to reduce waste.

Credits: Plastic-eating Bugs—Can Bacteria Break Down Plastic Bottles?: The Science Squad (00:04)

Credits: Plastic-eating Bugs—Can Bacteria Break Down Plastic Bottles?: The Science Squad

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Plastic-eating Bugs—Can Bacteria Break Down Plastic Bottles?: The Science Squad


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Ireland is among the highest waste producers in Europe.Our waste every year would fill Croke Park to the top of the stands!Thankfully we’ve moved quickly from a position of almost total reliance on landfill to a high level of recovery of certain recyclable materials, however plastic bottles have a low recycling value and a lot of these bottles (which are often non-biodegradable) end up in landfills forever. So how can we convert that waste into something that is valuable? Kevin O’Connor at UCD may have the answer, with new technology that uses a combination of chemistry to break down plastic bottles and bacteria to convert the breakdown product to a biodegradable plastic.

Length: 5 minutes

Item#: BVL58187

Copyright date: ©2013

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