Recycling automotive waste glass and plastics currently sent to landfill

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This project will develop a novel approach for recycling automotive waste glass and plastic mixtures into silicon-carbon resources. With silica and carbon being key constituents of glass and plastics, high temperature (1000-1500°C) investigations on silica reduction by waste plastics will establish, for the first time, the influence of gaseous hydrocarbons in plastics on reduction kinetics. Currently significant amounts (approximately 400,000 tonnes per year) of automotive waste are being landfilled in Australia. The new technology will be a major step towards transforming automotive waste into valuable resources in an environmentally friendly manner and significantly reduce the amounts being disposed in landfill.