University of Lethbridge Rewarded Grant for Biodegradable Plastic Research

Connector Fall 2018

The University of Lethbridge is receiving funds to establish a green polymer and technologies centre on campus. It will develop innovative biodegradable plastics and technologies that make producing biodegradable plastic products more energy efficient and cost effective.

Funding of $1,000,000 is being provided through the Western Diversification Program.

The centre will focus on optimizing the properties and manufacturing conditions of biodegradable plastics. This investment will help make biodegradable plastics more competitive and efficient to produce and further help reduce the impact of consuming plastics on the environment.

“The centre for green polymers and technologies is a prime example of how the University of Lethbridge works with industry to create a more sustainable future for the communities it serves. The research being conducted by Dr. Paul Hazendonk and his team, in collaboration with Bill Spenceley and Flexahopper, will translate into economic benefits for manufacturers with less impact on the environment,” said Dr. Erasmus Okine, vice-president research, University of Lethbridge.

Plastic processing is a growing sector of Canada’s manufacturing industry; new markets in the biodegradable plastic sector are expected to reach US$3.4 billion by 2020.

Source: Solid Waste & Recycling