A 16 year old science fair participant Daniel Burd demonstrated how he decomposed plastic bags in just 3 months . As we all know plastic takes thousands of years to finally get decomposed, but if the process discovered by the boy goes fine we have a better solution to cope with plastic junk on the planet.
Daniel Burd from Ontario High School Junior, Waterloo discovered a process to decompose plastic but it too needed a lil-bit help from Bacteria.
(Hey, at between one-half and 90 percent of Earth’s biomass, bacteria’s a pretty safe bet for any biological mystery.)
The Record reports that Burd mixed landfill dirt with yeast and tap water, then added ground plastic and let it stew. The plastic indeed decomposed more quickly than it would in nature; after experimenting with different temperatures and configurations, Burd isolated the microbial munchers. One came from the bacterial genus Pseudomonas, and the other from the genus Sphingomonas.
Burd says this should be easy on an industrial scale: all that’s needed is a fermenter, a growth medium and plastic, and the bacteria themselves provide most of the energy by producing heat as they eat.
The only waste is water and a bit of carbon dioxide.
Amazing discovery, he did something that our scientists were'nt able to do with millions of dollars in research.