University of Zululand
Overview of innovation

The waste management sector is under severe pressure due in particular to growing urban populations, resulting in large volumes of waste ending up in landfills, or not forming part of the formalised waste recycling stream. Petroleum-based plastics represent a sizeable part of this problem, also because they are effectively non-biodegradable in comparison to other waste such as food waste, paper and packaging and biomass for example.

Hence the concept of introducing biodegradability into petroleum-based plastics makes imminent practical and environmental sense. However, it must be noted that plastics recycling is already a well established and employment creating activity in the plastics value chain, and this fact was materially considered to develop and plan the potential best market space for Bioplastics pellets.

Innovation Opportunity Type
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 6 – Prototype tested in real-world settings