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Resolving problem of plastic waste material


Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

There has been considerable coverage in the media about plastic waste material and what a huge problem this is becoming, as most of us will have noticed.

I had an idea which would help, but it all depends on whether the material can somehow be treated to make it non-combustible. If this is achievable (and, of course, cost-effective), the likes of plastic bottles could be shredded into thin strips. Once treated, the material could then be compressed into sheets, which would be used for thermal insulation of buildings - for example, in cavity walls and roofspaces.

This would surely be worth a few Brownie (or, perhaps, that should be 'Greenie'?) points, as it would help the environment on two counts - finding a use for plastic waste and also helping to save energy.

Where there's a will, there's a way. Or, as they say in Scotland: "Where there's a hill, there's a brae".

Patrick McKay

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