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Conversion of Food Waste into Polylactic acid Fibre

In Hong Kong, there are around 3,600 tonnes of food waste generated, which is made up of 40% of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Fifty-two percent (52%) of the MSW generated is dumped into landfills. It is estimated that by 2018, all current landfill sites in Hong Kong will be exhausted. Exploiting food waste and by-product streams generated by the food industry for chemical and material production could create integrated, sustainable and bio-based processes. Local or regional production of bio-based chemicals and materials could be supported through integration of new technologies in existing industrial plants where waste or by-product streams could be exploited as raw material for chemical and material production. In this project, we aim at studies of novel bioprocesses using food wastes for the sustainable production of polylactic acid fibre in textile application. The outcomes of the proposed project are expected to contribute in sustainable production of polylactic acid fibre production, and novel approaches of food waste treatment. Please refer to Annex 6 for more details in project summary.


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Commercialisation Opportunity
Project No. (ITC) ITP/002/14TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Dr. LIN Carol Sze Ki
Research Institute City University of Hong Kong
ITF Amount HK$ 2,110,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2014-03-31
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2016-03-30
Central Textiles (H.K.) Ltd.
Hong Kong Non-Woven Fabric Ind Co Ltd
Hong Kong Organic Waste Recycling Centre Limited
Mansfield Enterprises Limited
Rizhao Kaishun Tire Co., Ltd
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