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Biodegradability and Disposal

A2

Polymers

Organic

AQA Content

Explain why polyesters and polyamides can be hydrolysed but polyalkenes cannot.

Specification Notes

Polyalkenes are chemically inert and non-biodegradable.
Polyesters and polyamides can be broken down by hydrolysis and are biodegradable.
The advantages and disadvantages of different methods of disposal of polymers, including recycling.

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