Aquapak Polymers Ltd. announced its Newcastle University Chemistry Undergraduate Stage 3 Industry Challenge, which gets students to investigate new ways of recycling complex polymer packaging structures. Participating students at the UK-based university get about two months to investigate possible solutions that will also bolster the continued development of a circular economy.
The students are being encouraged to discover a solution to a problem that has eluded the industry for years — how to recycle complex multi-layer polymer constructions typically found in packaging without losing the benefits of extended shelf-life, convenience and light weight. Students are being challenged to overcome the difficulties of sorting, separating and recycling these polymers while finding solutions that are economically viable and scalable.
Aquapak develops and manufactures a range of adaptive polymer-based material technologies, and is headquartered in Birmingham, UK.