VAMOSValue Added Materials from Organic waste Sugars
VAMOS is a collaborative project involving eleven partners from a variety of industries and specialisations. The project aims to showcase, at demonstration scale, the feasibility of producing and valorising second-generation sugars derived from municipal solid waste (MSW). MSW is composed of either mixed domestic residual waste or waste rejected from sorting and recycling processes. Even after recycling, MSW contains significant quantities of paper and card-based materials from which second-generation sugars can be produced.
The sugar will be utilised in the generation of three bio-based products:
- A thermoset bio-resin used in the binding of mineral-wool insulation
- Purified lactic acid for the commodities market
- Poly-lactic acid (PLA) and PLA/fibre composite materials to be used in non-food contact applications within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), packaging, furnishings and construction sectors
In addition, the residual solids from the process will be used to create energy products, grouts, adhesives and polyurethane foams. Thereby facilitating a true zero waste and circular economy concept.