A team of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have devised a new technique for recycling polyethylene plastic bags and food packaging into propylene or propene gas, a valuable starter material for commercial plastics and commodity chemicals.

Recycling polyethylene plastic into new, recyclable plastics could help reduce carbon emissions linked to plastic pollution and landfill.

Berkeley Lab research supports efforts to quickly scale up technologies that prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, or that remove it from the air once it’s already there. Check out this video to learn about three of these solutions: enhanced weathering, a chemical sponge, and geologic carbon storage.

Berkeley Lab scientists are exploring ways to use carbon from industrial processes and convert it into useful products.