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ACS DFW Local Section is happy to host a talk by Dr. Bill Carroll, Jr., ACS President, 2005; Board Chair 2012-14

Date: Friday February 28, 2020; social hour at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, and talk at 8 pm

Purchase tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recycling-plastics-2020-back-to-atoms-tickets-95103538243?aff=ebdssbdestsearch . Dinner includes: Tacos, guacamole and iced tea.

Location: TCC South campus in Fort Worth, Fusion Room in the SETC building

If you’d like to attend remotely, please contact Matha Gilchrist ASAP at MARTHA.GILCHRIST@tccd.edu to get set up via web connection.

Dr. Carroll

Recycling Plastics 2020: Back to Atoms

Plastics recycling as an organized process has been around for nearly 50 years. From the first plastic soda bottles remade into carpet fiber in the 1970s, there have been processes to recover very specific streams of materials. But the traditional processes have systemic issues: the process works best for relatively clean, homogenous materials; it is challenged when presented with dirty, mixed heaven-knows-what.

The bar has been raised in 2020. From ocean plastics to land-based litter, plastics have thoroughly become a mixed blessing. The policy space around the world is becoming more challenging, especially for single-use materials. And yet, can we imagine a modern world without them?

This presentation reviews the history of plastics recycling and the technology that supported it, the enormity of the waste question today, and the necessity for more robust and universal processes for dealing with waste materials. Those processes are called chemical recycling—which truly disassembles materials and takes them back to small molecules and atoms, whereupon they can be remade from scratch into the products we have come to know and depend upon.

 

To get to TCC South Campus

From points east of campus: From I-20, take the Wichita St. exit. Turn right on Wichita St. Then turn left on Joe B Rushing Rd, and turn left into the 2nd entrance to the parking lot. Park in any space with white lines. Walk toward campus on the wide road/sidewalk next to the grassy field. The SETC building will be on your right.

 

From points west of campus: From I-20, take the Campus drive exit. Turn left on Campus drive. Pass the first entrance to campus, and turn right on Joe B Rushing Rd. Turn right into the first entrance to the parking lot. Park in any space with white lines. Walk toward campus on the wide road/sidewalk next to the grassy field. The SETC building will be on your right.