It turns out that it was possible
Scientists from the University of Leipzig have discovered a new PHL7 enzyme. With it, you can split plastic by 90% in just 16 hours.
Interestingly, the new substance can also break down PET containers into terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. And they, in turn, can be reused by specialists in the future to obtain new packaging.
The discovery was made while studying a compost heap. In total, seven different enzymes were found – each of them was carefully studied as part of a series of experiments.
According to the scientists themselves, they hope for a breakthrough in the field of plastic recycling with the help of their invention.
Recall that quite recently, experts at the University of Texas at Austin proposed a new way to process plastic in a week using a modified FAST-PETase enzyme.