Scientists have achieved success in turning the plastic trash into a cleaner diesel-like fuel. The landfills may soon become source of potential energy.
The new method involves mixing the plastics with an organometallic catalyst, made from readily available molecules that were then doped with metal iridium, ‘Phys.org’ reported.
The reaction caused the bonds holding the plastic together to weaken, allowing them to be more easily torn apart.
Researchers were able to use the broken down material to create a diesel-like fuel which they claim could be used to power vehicles and other motors.