Exploring new horizons for paper recycling: A review of biomaterials and biorefinery feedstocks derived from wastepaper

Cynthia Adu, Mark Jolly, Vijay Kumar Thakur*

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Abstract

Paper is a perfect example of the circular economy as it remains the furthermost recycled product in Europe, creating significant environmental benefits and raw materials resources to the industry. Indeed, maintaining a consistent level of quality whilst limiting the environmental footprint of the product has become a major challenge for the industry. In this direction, paper is proving to be the promising feedstock for biorefinery and biomaterials. The future of paper recycling is slowly going beyond fibre recovery to address the needs of other industries because for the earth's environmental well-being various paper products need to be recycled and reused persistently. In this article, we outline the ambitious use of wastepaper (WP) for high-value applications such as; production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), composite reinforcement, high performance electrical components and biofuels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Volume13
Early online date9 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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