Munch on Plastics (Young Talents Making Way)
Plastic-eating worms could offer a solution to decompose plastic waste. "Today Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities which create electricity or heat from garbage. The rest ends up in landfills where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose, and potentially leak pollutants such as, Bisphenol A (BPA) which is a carcinogen that can cause liver cancer into the soil and water. What will happen to the mass of polyethylene and polystyrene sheets when mealwonns (the larvae of Tenebrio molito1) and waxworms (the larvae of Galleria mellonella) are introduced/added to it?
The host for this episode was Andrea Gabrieli. The guest for this episode was Zoey Duan.