Scientists enhance recyclability of waste plastic

Plastics are incredible materials with properties invaluable to the functioning of our modern world. They are strong, flexible, versatile, long-lasting and inexpensive. In particular, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is ubiquitous in single-use applications such as packaging and containers. You may have seen it labeled with the number two inside the triangular recycling symbol.

But the ways we produce HDPE and our current methods for recycling it pose threats to our own health and that of our planet. Read More