Working a Solution
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that there are as many as one trillion plastic bags used each year worldwide. There are machines that remove plastic bottles and other plastic material from garbage, but a cost effective solution that targets the removal of plastic bags does not currently exist.
When kicking off our research to find a shelf stable Bacillus strain, the MDG team constructed a pilot-scale landfill simulator to study the degradative effects of microbes on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) film. Findings showed that the degradation rate of HDPE in treated samples increased when compared to controls and that treated leachate improved in quality via reduced chemical oxygen demand (COD) and nitrogen.
With these initial findings, continued research on bioaugmentation is taking place to optimize the application rate and further understand end-products of plastic decomposition in pilot field application.
- MDG is currently analyzing our bacteria along with information gathered through the isolation process.
- Our R&D team is passionately working towards the creation of a new product that can treat landfills and leachate, potentially reducing pollutants, toxicity, cost, post-closure care, H2S emissions, and accelerating waste stabilization.
- While in this discovery phase, MDG is discussing partnership opportunities within the waste management and bioaugmentation industry. Our goal is to further examine the abilities of these unique strains and their effect on plastic bag degradation in large scale landfill conditions. Contact Us to discuss a possible partnership.
It is the mission of MDG to harness the scientific capabilities of Bacillus and the innovative intelligence of our employees to yield results that leave this world a better place. With this discovery, MDG can have a direct impact on the cleaning of the world around us.
“We are looking forward to presenting our findings at the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) as well as at SWANA’s WASTECON® this August.”