Wastepaper as a Feedstock for Ethanol Production

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The possibility of using wastepaper as a cheap feedstock for production of ethanol is discussed. As the single largest material category in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream, wastepaper is the main target of efforts to reduce the volume of MSW. And in the process for producing ethanol from lignocellulosics, the feedstock represents the highest cost. If wastepaper could be obtained cheaply inlarge enough quantities, and if conversion process cost and efficiency prove to be similar to those for wood, the cost of ethanol could be significantly reduced. At the same time, the volume of wastepaper that must be disposed of in landfills could be lessened.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages29
    StatePublished - 1991

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-232-4237


    • alternative fuels
    • conversion methods
    • ethanol
    • feedstocks
    • wastepaper


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