Renewable Matter # 5 / August

How to Turn an Old Sofa into Biofuel

by Mario Bonaccorso

A Dutch initiative explores methods on how to use solid urban waste to produce liquid biofuels and biochemicals.


Old furniture, sofas, nappies and bar receipts are solid urban waste. Globally, according to a World Bank report carried out in 2012, we produce 1.3 billion tonnes of it every year. Only 34% is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills or incinerators. 

A Dutch project, led by the chemical colossus AkzoNobel, is exploring the possible to use part of this...

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