A team of five students from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) along with two faculty members of the NUST School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME), Dr Salman Raza Naqvi and Dr Taqi Mehran have won the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inter-university competition to develop a low-cost plastic waste recycling machine.
The NUST team will be awarded Rs. 0.6 million in funding by PSF and UNESCO to develop a prototype for their plastic recycling machine. The machine will convert plastic waste such as low density polythene or styrofoam into bricks by melting the plastic and densifying it. The team hopes to eventually introduce the machine in the market as a commercial product.
In July this year, the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) had organised launched the competition in Islamabad, inviting students to design a small, cheap plastic waste recycling machine.
The competition was a joint initiative between PSF and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to tackle plastic waste.
From : pk.mashable.com