Biodegradation & Compostation EU R&D and Innovations

Is Ireland Becoming a Leader on Biodegradable Plastics?

Ireland will launch a €22m research project co-funded by the EU to develop biodegradable plastics.

The  new bio-economy research project is called AgriChemWheyt and will be led by Glanbia Ireland. AgriChemWhey can be described as an integrated biorefinery for the conversion of dairy by-products to high value bio-based chemicals

The project will participate in the development of a new state-of-the-art bio-refinery in Lisheen (Co Tipperary) converting by-products from the dairy industry into high-value bio-based products including biodegradable plastics.

Funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the project is based on technology developed by Glanbia. It works by taking waste products created during milk harvesting, called whey permeate (WP) and delactosed whey permeate (DLP), and converts them into sustainable lactic acid.