Industrial Usage of L. waywayandensis to Promote the Degradation Process of Polylactic Acid for Landfill Waste Management
Through bioremediation studies, scientists aim to discover innovative methods of environmental preservation. The issue of sprawling landfills is substantial, and possible methods of management lie in the elimination of polylactic acid (PLA) from landfills. This study analyzes the effectiveness of a solution of Lentzea waywayandensis bacteria and liquid gelatin in degrading PLA resins.
For proprietary purposes, the proposed product named “PLA Away” is created and based on a modification of previous reports of scientific research demonstrating successful polylactic acid degradation. The study involves creating a simulated landfill and applying the bacterial “PLA Away” solution as it would be applied to an industrial landfill. Predicted results would show that over a period of one month, the mass of a 300 kilogram simulated landfill, which is 50 percent (150 kg) PLA products and 50 percent (150 kg) oil-based plastic, would gradually be reduced to only the 150 kg mass of the oil-based plastic.
These results would show promise for the mass production of PLA Away and its widespread application. It is feasible that with steady application, landfill areas would be reduced and land could be conserved for other purposes.
Class / Instructor
BSC2421 Introduction to Biotechnology Honors / Gorgevska
Bioremediation, Refuse and refuse disposal
Palm Beach State College
waste management, landfills, L. waywayandensis, polylactic acid, PLA, bioremediation