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Textile Waste Recycling by Biological Method (Phase II)

Textile waste has recently become a widespread concern around the world. Population growth and fast fashion development result in a high level of textile consumption and waste generation. In UK and US, an estimate of 1.0 and 12.4 million tonnes of textile waste were annually produced respectively. In Hong Kong, approximately 0.8 million tonnes of textile waste is generated every year. Massive textile waste develops various negative impacts on environment. Currently, textile waste is mainly disposed in landfills. But the overwhelming landfills force the need for reducing textile waste, among others. The recent development of textile waste recycling technology, such as separating textile waste by a biological method in the HKRITA supported project ITP-109-15TP, provides a silver lining for solving the textile waste problem. The specific objectives of this project are: 1. Design and build a pre-industrial scale system for textile waste recycling by enzymatic hydrolysis with ultrasound pretreatment 2. Investigate the enzymatic hydrolysis performance of the system 3. Prepare PET fibers for spinning as yarns 4. Evaluate the economic aspect of the recycling process

Project No. (ITC) ITP/002/19TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Mr. KEH Yee Man, Edwin
Research Institute The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited
ITF Amount HK$ 12,783,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2019-03-31
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2021-09-30
Sponsors
H&M Hennes & Mauritz (Far East) Ltd.
TAL Apparel Limited