The US Department of Energy (DoE) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on plastic recycling technologies and waste reduction.

The MoU acts as a basis for the two companies to collaborate on developing energy-efficient recycling technology and improving domestic plastic supply chain.

As part of the partnership, the two parties will develop new collection technologies to prevent plastics from polluting seas and oceans.

They will create a framework for a mechanical and chemical deconstruction of post-use plastics into chemical building blocks that can be used to develop high-value products. They will also focus on developing new recyclable polymers.

US Energy Under Secretary Mark W Menezes said: “Through this partnership with the American Chemistry Council, the Department of Energy is furthering its mission to spur American innovation and leadership in energy-efficient recycling technologies and the manufacture of new plastics that are recyclable by design to reduce plastic waste in our rivers, oceans and landfills.

“The department recognises that it will take collaboration across the value chain, and we look forward to working with the American Chemistry Council and other stakeholders to advance DoE’s Plastics Innovation Challenge.”

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Last year, former DoE Secretary Rick Perry announced the DoE’s Plastics Innovation Challenge.

The challenge draws on departmental resources and applied research capabilities within the National Laboratories, universities and industry. It seeks to accelerate technology innovation for plastic waste reduction in oceans and landfills.