New solvent-based recycling process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste

The solvent-targeted recovery and precipitation (STRAP) process recycles multilayered plastic waste into pure, reusable plastic materials, such as polyethylene (PE), ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), or polyethylene teraphthalate (PET). Credit: Alex K. Chew

Multilayer plastic materials are ubiquitous in food and medical supply packaging, particularly since layering polymers can give those films specific properties, like heat resistance or oxygen and moisture control. But despite their utility, those ever-present plastics are impossible to recycle using conventional methods.


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