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Approved the project "Unlocking new value from urban biowaste"


AMB participates in a new project related to waste recovery, cofinanced by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme

Concepto del proyecto

Recently, the European Commission has approved the project "Unlocking new value from urban biowaste" on integrated systems of innovation in urban waste recovery (H2020-SFS-2018-1) within the Horizon 2020 programme.

It is an innovative project with a total budget of 11,952,090€ (80% co-financed by the EC) and its duration will be 3 years and a half. The consortium consists of 27 collaborating entities from 10 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Spain, Finland, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic and Serbia.

It's main objective is to demonstrate the establishment of new value chains for municipal organic waste that allow the production of high added value bioproducts. This purpose is to be achieved through a multidisciplinary approach aligned with the circular economy.

The project will show a series of innovative processes to transform urban biowaste into bioproducts, which will be tested on 7 demonstration pilot plants to be built in different European cities. Some of these residues are food remains, cooking oils, organic recyclable waste, sewage sludge and cellulose waste streams, both for solid municipal waste and sewage treatment plants.

AMB in the project

The Waste Management and Prevention Department of AMB is part of the project consortium, and it is responsible for supplying the entry residue of one of the pilots located in Valencia. This pilot will treat cellulose waste (mainly nappies) through a simultaneous process of saponification and fermentation after acid hydrolysis, with the aim of obtaining ethanol and other solvents.

AMB will receive 257,705.00€ from VALUEWASTE project, recently approved by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program. Most of this grant will be invested in the adaptation of metropolitan facilities in order to be able to separate the nappies that arrive at the plant from the non-recyclable waste container.

The participation in the project will allow to reduce the waste produced in AMB mechanic-biological treatment facilities (Ecoparcs), contributing to the circular economy of the metropolitan territory.