The international “ValueWaste” project, submitted under Horizon2020 - EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, has achieved an excellent assessment and is in the phase of grant preparation. The 27 members of the consortium will receive more than 9 million euros.
“ValueWaste” aims to demonstrate the establishment of new value chains for urban biowaste utilisation for the production of higher value purpose products, through a multi-stakeholder approach in line with circular economy. The project will showcase a portfolio of new ‘urban biowaste to bio-based products’ processes starting from different feedstocks i.e. fish and meat waste, spent coffee grounds, household source separated biowaste, used cooking oils, cellulosic waste derived from municipal wastewater and waste treatment plants and sewage sludge. The processes will result in the production of food and feed additives, flavours, insect protein, coffee oil, bioethanol, biosolvents, polyxydroxyalkanoates, bioplastics etc. End-product characterisation and safety assessment will be implemented. Life Cycle Assessment of the value chains will be conducted to assess their environmental impact. ValueWaste will develop and implement a behavioural change approach with citizens and local communities by improving the current perception of citizens and local communities on urban biowaste as a local resource; enhancing the active participation of citizens in the separate collection of urban biowaste. New profitable business models will be developed preparing market entry of the technology solutions demonstrated as well as of the end-products resulting from them. Finally, the project will provide guidance for city managers as well as evidence-based EU level policy recommendations for decision makers.