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WASHINGTON – Researchers in the BOTTLE (Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment) Consortium have identified using enzymes as a more sustainable approach for recycling PET plastic.

Consortium members from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Portsmouth will focus on scaling technologies to address the vast streams of plastic waste that go to landfill each year.

Avantika Singh, a chemical engineer at NREL, said: “If we can capture that space – textiles, carpet fibres, and other PET waste plastics that are not currently recycled – that could be a true game-changer.”

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