A new recycling plant under construction in England features technologies that can break down any kind of plastic polymer into its constituent components for recycling.

According to Forbes, wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough appeared in a video along with other naturalists and the proprietors of the new plant which uses superheated steam to obliterate the chemical bonds holding the monomers together.

Owned by Mura Technology, the process is called HydroPRS, and it’s especially special because of its ability to break down plastics normally destined for landfills or incineration. It can even remove biological material like food scraps clinging to the plastic, an aspect that can sometimes prevent plastic from being recycled—instead being used to power the boilers fueling the recycling.

What’s left are oils and compounds ready to be re-sold to manufacturers to turn into new products.

Whats so tragic about plastic contamination is that it is so totally unnecessary, Attenborough says in the movie, published by U.K. recycling company Mura Technology. “The plastic in our oceans should never have found its way there in the first location. ”

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Plastic pollution is a massive problem, and there are a lot of smart technologies, many emerging, for recycling and biodegrading plastic.

Further still, plastic is being pulled from rivers and the ocean with more intelligent designs and dedicated organizations. Yet the problem is place to get worse for the oceans, as more of the growing world enters the consumption-heavy prosperity and security of modern life.

Mura says the materials produced during their recycling process can be used again and again without becoming chemically unstable, and therefore it’s not surprising then that the British government is backing the project to the hilt as the plant in Teesside, England, ramps up to 1,000,000 tons of plastic recycling annually.

“The Government is committed to clamping down on the plastic waste that harms our environment and ensuring more materials can be reused instead of being thrown off,” said Rebecca Pow, the U.K. under-secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.

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“By investing in these genuinely ground-breaking technologies, we’ll help to drive these efforts even further, and I look forward to watching them develop and deliver real results. ”

(WATCH the movie about Mura Technology from the movie below.)


Featured picture : Plastics, Antoine Giret/David Attenborough, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia

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