New publication on recycling marine litter

Approach to recycle plastic litter Copyright: Johann Hee

The photos of litter in the world's oceans, called marine litter, are widely known due to the media presence. But the question of possible recycling of this litter has not been considered so far.



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In order to investigate this topic scientifically, the (thermo-) chemical recycling of plastic waste was investigated in cooperation with the Aachen-based association everwave formerly Pacific Garbage Screening, which deals with solution strategies for environmental pollution by plastics, and the institutes Technologies of Fuels (TEER), Applied Microbiology (iAMB) and Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW) of RWTH Aachen University.

Since marine litter is often both polluted and heterogenous, the (thermo-) chemical process opens up a subsequent reuse, which was considered in the publication with upcycling by biotechnological processes.

The study was published in the journal Processes and can be read and downloaded here.