Tire dumps and aging mattresses may soon be relics of the past

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Despite research and policy efforts, recycling initiatives have skidded on more complex materials like tires and mattresses, filling dumps and natural land across the country. Now, Northwestern University researchers have used simple chemistry to address long-standing barriers associated with recycling about a quarter of today’s plastics — materials that Northwestern’s John Torkelson say hold a tremendous amount of embedded energy.

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