Plastic bags have become the bane of our existence.
The cheap material can be seen everywhere and they clog our rivers, cause floods, get tangled in trees, animals, takes a century to break down and ends up in landfills and pollutes the land.
For years, scientists have been trying to break down plastic to a substance that can be reused without harming the environment.
In Japan, a group of researchers have managed to convert plastic into fuel.
Physically, plastic is a material that is highly resistant to chemical reactions which makes them excellent for bottles and containers for chemicals, but they are hard to break down when they need to be disposed of.
Using thermal recycling processes, requires temperatures of between 300 °C and 900 °C (572 °F and 1,650 °F), an enormous amount of energy.
The group of researchers whom hail from Tohoku and Osaka City Universities, found that combining ruthenium and cerium dioxide worked most effectively, creating a catalyst able to recycle polyolefinic plastics at just 200 °C (392 °F).
92 percent of the waste plastic were converted into useful materials, as much as 77 percent of it became a liquid fuel, while 15 percent yielded wax, thus making plastic recycling a more viable prospect.