TripleW, an Israel based biotech company (www.triplew.co), has developed a proprietary, microbial waste to biochemicals production process allowing the conversion of carbohydrates present in organic waste into lactic acid.
Lactic acid is a building block of poly-lactic acid, a biobased plastic utilized in multiple applications including food and beverage packaging, textiles and car parts.
This process has been extensively tested and proven in close collaboration with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium (www.bbeu.org) on a smaller scale.
As market leader in organic waste processing in Europe, Group Op de Beeck M&T turned out to be the ideal, complementary partner for TripleW’s process scale up.
Over the next 18 months, TripleW will perform various large scale trials on the processing site of Group Op de Beeck M&T in the port of Antwerp as a proof of concept beyond the pilot setting.
Since Group Op de Beeck M&T has been intensively focusing on the sustainable, circular valorization of these organic waste products, the production of biobased plastics is considered a very valuable addition to the current process.