Scientists have figured out a way to convert any kind of plastic waste into hydrogen fuel that could one day power cars.
Researchers at Swansea University made the breakthrough by adding a light-absorbing material to plastic and leaving it in a solution exposed to sunlight.
The process could also be a cheaper alternative to recycling as the plastic does not need to be cleaned first – according to the Swansea based scientists.
Dr Moritz Kuehnel from the university’s chemistry department said: ‘There’s a lot of plastic used every year – billions of tonnes – and only a fraction of it is being recycled.
We are trying to find a use for what is not being recycled.
‘The beauty of this process is that it’s not very picky.
It can degrade all sorts of waste.