(5 July/Phys.org)

A new solution at the University of Canterbury aims to turn food waste into chemical components that can be used to make bioplastics. UC’s Chemical and Process Engineering Dr. Alex Yip is working alongside Hong Kong Polytechnic University to design and develop a catalyst to achieve this. As of now the team only has a proof-of-concept showing that it is feasible. Bioplastics produced from food waste would be 100% recyclable or fully biodegradable. Dr. Yip is confident that being able to convert food waste into bioplastics would decrease greenhouse gases and decrease the amount of non-biodegradable plastics going into landfill.