We use bacteria for MIXed plastics biodegradation and UPcycling!

 

The main idea of MIX-UP (MIXed plastics biodegradation and UPcycling using microbial communities) is to showcase a novel approach for plastic recycling and therefore addresses one of the greatest challenges of our time: the establishment of a circular (bio)-economy for plastics. The continuing demand for plastic products, the lack of appropriate recycling and the ubiquitous pollution of the environment with plastic waste pose a global challenge.

 

An ambitious vision and considerable efforts are required to change the traditional value chain of plastics to a sustainable one, based on biodegradable plastics. The ground-breaking objective is: plastic waste to plastic value - by a sustainable, biotechnological conversion of unsorted, mixed plastics into valuable bioplastic using heavily engineered enzyme mixtures and mixed microbial communities.

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RWTH

RWTH Aachen University

Templergraben 55
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ABE

AB Enzymes GmbH

Feldbergstrasse 78
64293 Darmstadt
Germany

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UG

University of Greifswald

Domstraße 11
17487 Greifswald
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Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas

Calle Serrano 117
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Belfield
4 Dublin
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14 Rue Saint Nazaire
67100 Strasbourg
France

https://www.soprema.com/en/

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Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
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Bioplastech Ltd

Cashel Road Unit 9 Block C
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12 Dublin
Ireland

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3 rue Michel-Ange
75794 Paris
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everwave

Strüverweg 116
52070 Aachen
Germany
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Nanjing Tech University

No.30 Puzhu Road, Pukou District
211800 Nanjing
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www.njtech.edu.cn/

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Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Beisanhuan EastRoad 15, Chaoyang Distract
100029 Beijing
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Chinese Academy of Sciences

1 North 2nd Street, Zhongguancun
100190 Beijing
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