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Article Released Wed-19th-November-2008 12:32 GMT
Contact: Mohamad Abdullah Institution: Universiti Sains Malaysia
 Press conference - ‘New Dimension in Paper Recycling Technology: Bioenzymatic Deinking’

In a press conference on Thursday, 20 November, Prof. Darah Ibrahim from Universiti Sains Malaysia a new chemical free paper recycling technology which uses sugar cane and palm oil waste to absorb ink from the paper to be recycled.


The press conference will be held at Taman Buku Penerbit USM, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang at 10 am on 20 November 2008. For more information, please contact Izam Fairus Kamaruddin at izam@notes.usm.my

Each year, Malaysia imports 2.5 million tonnes of paper to meet the demand of users. Only 10 % of the paper is recycled in a process which results in highly toxic effluents, which in turn pollutes the environment.

To deal with this problem, Prof. Darah Ibrahim will introduce her research on 'New Dimension in Paper Recycling Technology: Bioenzymatic Deinking'. This process uses waste from the sugar cane and palm oil industry to absorb the ink from the paper during the recycling process, thus eliminating the toxic effluent discharge.

This first of its kind technology enables 10 kilograms of waste paper to be recycled and sold at RM 72 (USD 20)

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The press conference announcement in Malay

Inovasi USM: Hampas Tebu/Sawit Boleh Kitar Kertas

Sisa buangan hampas tebu dan kelapa sawit jadi bahan untuk pemprosesan semula kertas yang lebih mesra alam, murah dan berupaya membangunkan industri kitar semula negara. Penemuan menerusi kajian saintis USM, Prof. Darah Ibrahim ‘New Dimension in Paper Recycling Technology: Bioenzymatic Deinking’ ini akan dikongsi menerusi Sidang Media Khas pada hari Khamis, 20 November 2008, jam 10. 00 pagi di Taman Buku Penerbit USM, USM, Pulau Pinang.

Menerusi penemuan ini yang pertama seumpamanya di dunia, Prof. Darah mampu menggunakan hampas tebu dan kelapa sawit untuk menyerap dakwat dari kertas terbuang dan mengitarnya menerusi kaedah yang paling selamat tanpa menggunakan bahan-bahan kimia merbahaya. 10 kilogram kertas buangan yang dikitar semula menerusi proses ini kini boleh dipasarkan dengan nilai RM72.

Malaysia terpaksa mengimport sejumlah 2.5 juta tan kertas setiap tahun bagi memenuhi permintaan yang ada. Dari jumlah tersebut, kira-kira 2 juta tan kerta dibuang dan hanya 10 peratus darinya dikitar semula menerusi proses kimia yang boleh mengancam kesihatan manusia.

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Keywords associated to this article: recycling, paper, de-inking
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