PeelPioneers, Sustainable solutions for citrus waste

The challenge

Over five billion kilos of citrus peel end up in European landfills every year. The incineration of citrus peel is a waste of resources, and the process also emits greenhouse gasses.

 The solution

Founded in 2017, PeelPioneers has developed a unique process to turn citrus peel waste into valuable resources. Its production location in Son processes 40,000 kilos of citrus peels every day, turning consumer waste into essential oils and citrus pulp. The oils are sold for use in dairy, soft drinks, biscuits, chocolate, soap and cleaning products. The pulp serves as a high-quality supplementary feed for livestock.

Waste-to-product company Renewi joined PeelPioneers as a partner in 2018. Renewi takes care of the logistics of PeelPioneers’ circular solution, including the collection of citrus peel waste at supermarkets and the transportation to the production site in Son.

The impact

PeelPioneers offers a 100% circular solution to citrus peel waste, reducing landfills and CO2emissions.

 EIT Climate-KIC’s role

PeelPioneers joined the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator programme in 2017. Supported by EIT Climate-KIC’s expertise and network, PeelPioneers founders Sytze van Stempvoort, Bas van Wieringen and Lindy Hensen transformed a test set-up in Rotterdam into a processing line in Son in less than twelve months.

 

 
Location
Nederland
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