Pyrolytic process has a promising potential for the environmentally friendly upgrading of lignocellulosic and plastic waste.
Thermogravimetry and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) were used to get information about the reactive
decomposition of PCL in binary mixtures with microcrystalline cellulose (MC) or sisal fibres (SF). Preliminary thermogravimetric
investigation showed that biomass is thermally degraded at lower temperatures than PCL and this process has a predominant
influence on the thermal behaviour of the mixtures. Discrepancies between the experimental and predicted TG/DTG profiles were
considered as a measurement of the extent of interactions occurring on co-pyrolysis. It was found that reactivity of PCL was
slightly increased in PCL-SF binary mixtures. Evolution of acidic products from cellulose and hemicelluloses decomposition
may promote PCL degradation in binary mixtures with SF. It seems that the co-pyrolysis process could have potential for the
environmentally friendly transformation of biocomposites.