An international team of researchers, including scientists at University College Dublin (UCD), have developed AgroCycle Marketplace - a new free, web-based platform for trading agri-food waste.
Farmers and food producers can sell their agricultural waste to biogas energy producers across Europe via a new website that is being launched today.
“Over 700 million tonnes of agricultural wastes are produced in Europe every year,” said Assistant Professor, Tom Curran - UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and the co-ordinator of AgroCycle.
“The major challenge is linking the producers of this waste with users of waste. This is why we have created the AgroCycle Marketplace, effectively a ‘DoneDeal for Farmers’.”
AgroCycle products from Agri-food waste, include rice bran drinking straws and biscuits and bio-composite cups and flower pots from potato pulp.
“The edible straws are my favourite. As ‘single-use plastics’ are starting to be banned in many cities across the world, our product is timely and will help solve the issue.” He added.
The platform has been developed by AgroCycle - a ca. €8 million EU-China Horizon 2020 research and innovation project addressing the recycling and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector.