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Plastic waste: Scientists here turn old bottles into kayaks

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast believe they have uncovered new ways to convert single-use plastic waste - such as water bottles - into products like kayaks, canoes and storage tanks for water and fuel. Photo: PA
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast believe they have uncovered new ways to convert single-use plastic waste - such as water bottles - into products like kayaks, canoes and storage tanks for water and fuel. Photo: PA

Allison Bray

A team of Irish scientists is working on ground-breaking research it hopes will turn plastic waste into environmentally friendly products like canoes and kayaks.

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast believe they have uncovered new ways to convert single-use plastic waste - such as water bottles - into products like kayaks, canoes and storage tanks for water and fuel.

The team, from the university's Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC), hopes its research will put a dent in the mountain of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans.

Using a ground-breaking manufacturing process called rotational moulding, it believes it can economically recycle large volumes of plastic waste into products including urban street furniture, marine buoys and storage tanks.

Dr Peter Martin, from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's, said: "The Polymer Centre has been leading the way in plastics recycling."

Irish Independent

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