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A roadmap towards a circular and sustainable bioeconomy through waste valorization

Maina, S., Kachrimanidou, V. and Koutinas, A. (2017) A roadmap towards a circular and sustainable bioeconomy through waste valorization. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 8. pp. 18-23. ISSN 2452-2236

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.cogsc.2017.07.007

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Municipal solid waste and food supply chain waste are globally generated in large quantities from various sectors including various stages of food supply chains, municipalities, open markets and catering services. A prevailing priority in the EU is to stimulate the transition towards a circular economy that fosters the promotion of sustainable and resource-efficient policies for long-term socio-economic and environmental benefits. Common practices for waste management include landfill disposal, anaerobic digestion, composting and wastewater treatment. Recently, new technologies have been introduced to produce value-added products from agricultural residues and food processing side streams. Integrated and holistic approaches for organic waste utilization as industrial feedstocks will boost the transition towards the bio-economy era. The establishment of circular economy would expand and diversify the market outlets of bio-based products. This review provides an overview of the current methods on waste and by-product streams bioconversion to develop biorefinery concepts.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food Research Group
ID Code:73361
Publisher:Elsevier

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