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The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Kufa holds a Virtual Scientific Symposium on Plastic Waste and Its Recycling

Within the series of scientific seminars and workshops organized by the college, the Department of Chemical Engineering held a virtual scientific symposium entitled: “Recycling of Plastic Waste”, during which Assistant Professor Sawsan Shubbar gave a scientific lecture in which she talked about plastics, which have become the backbone of every activity in the modern economy, as they combine unrivaled functional characteristics, compared to other low-cost materials. Noting that most of the plastic materials that are currently produced are not degradable in the soil, and therefore the resulting plastic garbage will remain on the ground for hundreds or even thousands of years, for example, it takes one bottle of plastic to degrade a large period up to 450 years, so the dissolution of the plastic falls under the processes of Abiotic degradation, which takes longer, and is not affected by bacteria. Pointing out that the process of recycling plastic can be considered one of the most important measures that are being followed at present to reduce the problems resulting from the use of plastic, in addition to the heavy reliance on it in the manufacture of plastic materials, and as recycling depends mainly on the selection of components and materials accurately and correctly, and adhering to the instructions and steps of the recycling process correctly, so despite the ease of this process, it requires the experience, knowledge, and skill of people working in this field.
During the symposium, which was attended by faculty members, technical and engineering staff, and students in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the imperative reasons for conducting the recycling process were discussed, including the general steps of the plastic recycling process, the problems that may face plastic recycling, the importance of the plastic recycling process, the types of plastics and their ability to be recycled, and various facts about the plastic recycling process.

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