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Combating oil spill problem using plastic waste

Authors Saleem, Junaid HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Ning, Chao HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Barford, John Patrick View this author's profile
McKay, Gordon View this author's profile
Issue Date 2015
Source Waste Management , v. 44, October 2015, p. 34-38
Summary Thermoplastic polymers (such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE)) constitute 5-15% of municipal solid waste produced across the world. A huge quantity of plastic waste is disposed of each year and is mostly either discarded in landfills or incinerated. On the other hand, the usage of synthetic polymers as oil sorbents, in particular, polyolefins, including polypropylene (PP), and polyethylene (PE) are the most commonly used oil sorbent materials mainly due to their low cost. However, they possess relatively low oil absorption capacities. In this work, we provide an innovative way to produce a value-added product such as oil-sorbent film with high practical oil uptake values in terms of g/g from waste HDPE bottles for rapid oil spill remedy.
ISSN 0956-053X
Language English
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