Bio-macromolecules from municipal solid bio-waste fractions and fish waste for high added value applications

DAFIA 1st Anniversary
01/01/2018 - DAFIA 1st Anniversary

Kick-off Meeting Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent, Belgium

Kick-off Meeting Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent, Belgium

Municipal solids waste (MSW) are collected by municipalities and represents more than 500 kg/capita (EU-27 average), 300 million tonnes overall every year in the EU-32. Currently, approximately 50% of this volume is landfilled. More than 1.3 million tonnes of Marine rest raw material (MRRM) are generated in Europe each year. Some countries, such as Norway and Denmark, have traditionally for animal feed. It will therefore be a challenge for the industry to develop methods to turn fish viscera and skin, currently considered as undesirable raw materials for hydrolysis and human consumption, into profitable products. DAFIA will exploit MSW and MRRM as feedstocks for high value products.

The parallel exploitation of the two feedstocks may create synergies. This expertise will be utilised in process development from MSW, while at the same time, new added-value products may be identified from both feed stocks.

The main objective of the DAFIA project is to explore the conversion routes of municipal solid waste (MSW), and marine rest raw-materials (MRRM) from the fish processing industries, to obtain high added value products, i.e. flame retardants, edible/barrier coatings and chemical building blocks (dicarboxylic acids and diamine) to produce polyamides and polyesters for a wide range industrial applications.


  • All
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Israel
  • Turkey
  • Belgium
  • UK

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