Waste Disposal Services: Could This Enzyme Be The Best Recycler Ever?
When you think of waste disposal services – we tend to think more of bins and trucks. But a small enzyme could transform the global approach to dealing with plastic pollution.
Plastic is (as you would be aware of from reading our blogs) becoming the biggest environmental problem on earth. The fact that it survives for 100s of years before decomposing – combined with its appeal to animal and fish life – means that it is entering the food chain in ever greater numbers.
We even covered in a recent blog how coral eats plastic – and this is causing damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
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There have been some very luck inventions in recent history – i.e. when the scientists come up with something unexpected. Great examples include the post it note – which apparently was based on a glue that was just not sticky enough.
The laser was also an invention that at the beginning was seen as having no practical uses! Now it is in everything.
Could an enzyme replace waste disposal services?
Just as the situation is looking desperate due to no real waste disposal services on a global scale for plastic – science may be about to save the day.
The UK based Independent newspaper reports that scientists have come up with an enzyme that can actually “eat” plastic.
“The substance is based on an enzyme – a “biological catalyst” – first produced by bacteria living in a Japanese recycling centre that researchers suggested had evolved it in order to eat plastic.”
“Dubbed PETase for its ability to break down the PET plastic used to make drinks bottles, the enzyme accelerated a degradation process that would normally take hundreds of years.”
Luck was definitely involved in the process as “University of Portsmouth biologist Professor John McGeehan and his colleagues accidentally created a super-powered version of the plastic-eating enzyme.”
The new enzyme can digest both PET and PEF.
There is still a long road of research and testing required before this can be a real solution on industrial levels:
“While there is still a way to go before you could recycle large amount of plastic with enzymes, and reducing the amount of plastic produced in the first place might, perhaps, be preferable, this is certainly a step in a positive direction and very exciting science to boot,” said Dr Oliver Jones, an analytical chemist at RMIT University in Melbourne.
We will of course keep you informed on this interesting development.
This is certainly promising news when you consider the magnitude of the plastic pollution issue.
We need to work as a society and globally to come up with thorough solutions to theses issues.
Plastic pollution can not be kept in one area – it enters the seas and oceans and impacts everyone – so we need international solutions and waste disposal services that really work for the environment.
You can see a short video on the enzyme and how it can work below: