• Short Summary

    English scientists a Birmingham seem to have solved a major problem contributing to the current pollution crisis.

  • Description

    English scientists a Birmingham seem to have solved a major problem contributing to the current pollution crisis. They have developed a new form of plastic which destroys itself -- instead of lying around as a virtually indestructible form of litter.

    Special dyes are added to the plastic during the manufacturing process. They dyes cause the normally rugged plastic to disintegrate into a powder when exposed to the ultra-violet rays of the sun.

    At Birmingham, the experimental plastic is currently being tested in ultra-violet exposure cabinets which simulate outdoor conditions. The first field tests are scheduled for next summer.

    The cabinet tests have been encouraging. After three months the plastic has started to fragment. After a year, it has been reduced to a powder. Scientists hope that this powder will eventually be eaten by bacteria thus destroying the plastic completely.

    Dyes used in the current experiments destroy the two main plastics used in the manufacture of domestic containers and wrappings. If all goes well with the field tests, self-destructive plastic could be on the market in a year or two -- and a major litter problem could be solved.

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    Film ID:
    VLVATYLKYKCAXD02L6ZFG5MEP26E
    Media URN:
    VLVATYLKYKCAXD02L6ZFG5MEP26E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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