For green activists and environmental conscious people around the world, there is good news, concerning the hard, elastic and stubborn plastic bag. Recently in the Argonne National Laboratory southwest of Chicago, US, a scientist came up with the brilliant discovery of recycling plastic bags and making them into batteries. Scientists found that the much problematic plastic bags could be recycled into carbon nanotubes a main component of lithium ion batteries.
Vilas Pol of the Argonne Laboratory had been developing a process that could somehow convert plastic waste into a usable energy resource.
The need to this kind of discovery arose due to the impending plastic bags problems that would never degenerate and is a harmful threat to a healthy environment.
The plastic bags went through the process of being heated in 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit and this in turn made the carbon found in the plastic grow into nanotubes on cobalt particles. With this success of plastic bags, it could be applied on plastic bottles and plastic cups.
The cobalt acetate that would be generated from this process would be used in batteries and later when batteries will be recycled the same cobalt could be turned into cobalt spheres that could be used as printer ink. This is a cycle that would surely protect the Earth from the harmful affects of plastic bag consumption.
For the project to be completely successful a large number of plastic bags must be collected, which is most of the time difficult to do due to them being buried deep in sewerage pipes or deep underground. While the plastics go through the heating process the scientist has also ensured that the process does not in any way pollute the environment. With this discovery it is hoped that plastic bags will be wisely recycled and used effectively instead of being found on electrical wires or underground sewerage.