The Circular Economy Centre (CEC) has just won a UKRI grant as part of a University of Cambridge consortium to look at “Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastic Waste”. The project brings together departments across Cambridge; the Departments of Chemistry, Zoology, Physics, Engineering, Materials, Chemical Engineering, and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
Aims and objectives
The project aims to look at:
- Sustainable feedstocks and materials as cleaner and more recyclable plastic alternatives.
- Models for understanding plastic flows through the UK economy, society and environment to improve the recovery of plastics.
- Service design methodologies to influence business behaviour.
- Innovative recycling approaches to recover the high energy content of waste plastics by producing electricity with microbes and chemical fuels using sunlight.