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How melting plastic waste could heat homes

It is a problem bedevilling households across the UK: what can we do with the mountains of food-spattered plastic waste left in our bins?  Now a group of scientists say they have the answer – by using the detritus of domestic life to heat homes.  Researchers at the University of Chester have found a way to use dirty plastic waste to produce hydrogen, which can heat homes and fuel cars without producing greenhouse gas emissions. The process uses a glass kiln, heated to 1,000C, to instantly break down unrecyclable plastic to release a mix of gases including hydrogen.  Read more....



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