24 Sep '12, 6pm

New Biorefinery Could Turn Starbucks Coffee Grounds and Stale Muffins into Bioplastics

New Biorefinery Could Turn Starbucks Coffee Grounds and Stale Muffins into Bioplastics

© Carol Lin, Ph.D. Instead of throwing out (or with any luck, composting) the thousands of tons of old coffee grounds and stale bakery goods generated by coffeehouses every day of the week, what if those same substances became the raw feedstock for producing renewable biofuels or plastics? That's what a research project is setting out to explore, thanks to a collaboration between researchers at City University of Hong Kong and their neighboring Starbucks stores. According to the American Chemical Society (ACS) , the idea for applying the researcher's biorefinery technology to the wastes of a food business such as Starbucks came during a meeting between a university research team led by Carol S. K. Lin and a non-profit organization, The Climate Group . Lin was asked about using the biorefinery concept to treat the food waste products from the Hong Kong Starbucks, which gene...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/new-biorefiner...

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