Wageningen Food & Biobased Research sees opportunities for the high-quality reuse of all sorts of waste. But many of these have yet to be sufficiently recognised or exploited. Our research starts with analysis: which valuable components does a waste stream contain? Which raw materials do these waste residues consist of? After dissecting the waste streams – sometimes right down to the molecular level – we determine which materials can be made from them and which extraction and conversion processes can best be used to do so.
Our desire is to use the raw materials concealed in the waste in applications of the highest achievable quality. We also seek opportunities to use the waste stream as a whole wherever possible. Last but not least, we ensure that the costs and environmental effects involved are well researched.