Researchers from IIT Hyderabad have built a prototype for recycling polystyrene using citrus extract
It takes hundreds of years for polystyrene (thermocol being a widely used form of it) to be degraded in the natural environment. But in a solution of orange peel extract, it dissolves almost instantly – without the aid of external heat, pressure or acid.
Now a group of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, has demonstrated a cheaper, low-energy, and green way of recycling polystyrene and low density Styrofoam (a form of expanded polystyrene) using orange peel extract. They have a working prototype, and a pilot-scale machine to recycle polystyrene is under construction...................Read more
Source: The Hindu