Scientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic | Curio

Scientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic

5 mins | Mar 30, 2020

Bacterium is able to break down polyurethane, which is widely used but rarely recycled. "The bacterium, which was found at a waste site where plastic had been dumped, is the first that is known to attack polyurethane. Millions of tonnes of the plastic is produced every year to use in items such as sports shoes, nappies, kitchen sponges and as foam insulation, but it is mostly sent to landfill because it is too tough to recycle." Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian.

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From The Guardian