Could mealworms clear landfills?

For years, dealing with plastics has been a problem that we’ve pushed under the carpet. Or more accurately, stuffed into landfill sites, where they’re out of sight and out of mind. You may think just piling stuff up out the way isn’t the best possible solution, and you’d be right. But successive governments’ policies have been to shrug, say “what are you going to do” and carry on doing it.

Turns out help may be at hand from the most unlikely of sources: mealworms. Plastics were previously thought not to be biodegradable, but it turns out that they can be broken down relatively painlessly with a little help from the bacteria in the worms’ guts.

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