The Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLEā„¢) consortium conducts high-impact research and development to change the way we recycle. BOTTLE efforts include the development of improved catalytic and biocatalytic recycling strategies to break down today's plastics into chemical building blocks for manufacturing higher-value products (upcycling) and the design of tomorrow's plastics to be recyclable-by-design.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Bioenergy Technologies Office and Advanced Manufacturing Office. BOTTLE is led by experts from multiple partner national laboratories and universities with demonstrated experience in process development and integration, chemical catalysis, biocatalysis, material science, separations, modeling, economic analysis, and sustainability assessment. BOTTLE is aligned closely with DOE's Plastics Innovation Challenge to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling and upcycling technologies.

The consortium team includes members from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Montana State University. Learn about the BOTTLE leadership team.

Our Vision

To deliver selective and scalable technologies that enable cost-effective recycling, upcycling, and increased energy efficiency.

Our Mission

To develop robust processes to upcycle existing waste plastics and new, bio-based plastics and processes that are recyclable-by-design.

Our Goals

Develop scalable, cost-effective, and efficient processes to deconstruct and upcycle commodity thermoplastics and thermosets that are discarded in large quantities today.

Design new bio-based chemistries and associated processes for direct chemical recycling of future plastics and composites that are recyclable-by-design.

Work with industry to catalyze a new upcycling paradigm for plastics.

Find out how to join the BOTTLE consortium.