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Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours

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A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.

The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets.

The company behind the breakthrough, Carbios, said it was aiming for industrial-scale recycling within five years. It has partnered with major companies including Pepsi and L’Oréal to accelerate development. Independent experts called the new enzyme a major advance.

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The company behind the breakthrough, Carbios, has partnered with major companies including Pepsi and L’Oréal. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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