CSI Meets PET and HDPE

Steven Averett, Content Director, Waste Group

May 1, 2009

1 Min Read
CSI Meets PET and HDPE

Chalk this up as an unintended side effect of recycling proliferation:Forensic technology developed for use on virgin plastics is now being foiled by products made from recycled polymers, making it much more difficult to lift fingerprints off of plastic surfaces. This is forcing law enforcement officials to effectively rewrite the book in dealing with plastics.

While traditional plastics might contain only one or two chemical building blocks, the structures of plastics containing even a small percentage of recycled material are far more byzantine. It is hoped that new developments by forensic chemists at agencies such as the Home Office Scientific Development Branch in the U.K. will help overcome some of the challenges presented by these new plastics.

None of which serves to explain just who the Hell stole my bottle of Fresca?
SOURCE: New Scientist

About the Author(s)

Steven Averett

Content Director, Waste Group, Waste360

Steven Averett joined the Waste Age staff in February 2006. Since then he has helped the magazine expand its coverage and garner a range of awards from FOLIO, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). He recently won a Gold Award from ASBPE for humor writing.

Before joining Waste Age, Steven spent three years as the staff writer for Industrial Engineer magazine, where he won a gold GAMMA Award from MAGS for Best Feature. He has written and edited material covering a wide range of topics, including video games, film, manufacturing, and aeronautics.

Steven is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in English.

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