A container that is full of stainless steel and plastic could contain a small amount of plastic waste, according to a study conducted by the University of Chicago.
The researchers used a container that held an average of 4.2 kilograms of stainless and 7.2 kilos of plastic.
“This study demonstrates the potential for plastic waste to be a significant contributor to climate change and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its storage,” the study, which was published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, said.
The plastic waste contained about 1.2 times the amount of carbon dioxide as the carbon dioxide that is released by burning fossil fuels, the researchers found.
The findings have important implications for how the recycling industry is managing plastic waste.
For the study to be significant, the plastic waste should be disposed of in a way that does not result in a release of carbon monoxide or methane.
The authors suggest that more research is needed to better understand how plastic waste can be disposed and what types of processes could be used to recycle plastic.
A plastic waste container, which could hold an average size of 4,000 kilograms of plastic, would hold more plastic than the world uses in all of its plastic waste production in 2017, according a new study.
Researchers from the University in Chicago found that the plastic that could be recycled was much larger than expected.
“The plastic that was being recycled in this study was 4.6 times the size of the total plastic used in 2017 and 3.7 times the plastic used by all of the world’s plastic waste industries,” lead author Christopher Dolan said in a press release.
“What this study demonstrates is that plastics are a large and growing source of greenhouse gases, and that their disposal poses a major risk for the planet.”