Although plastics have given a lot to mankind, the world is struggling with the waste.
In the first quarter of next year, Dutch DNA and Leiden University will start a project on the enzymatic recycling of plastic. The project, BACK TO MONO (or in short B2M), aims to deliver new enzymes that can degrade plastics to their original chemical building blocks. The ultimate objective of the project is an industrial process in which those building blocks will be re-used for new products. The project is co-funded by the Dutch Government – RVO approved it this week via its subsidy instrument TKI – and wants to deliver a proof of principle. More concrete, the project aims to deliver a set of enzymes to do this, as well as a production organism to produce these enzymes. With the results of the project Dutch DNA will take steps towards industrial application: Industry using enzymatic degradation of collected plastic waste to feed in current existing value chain with recycled monomers: back to mono and then back to plastics again!