SCALIBUR (Scalable Technologies for Bio-Urban Waste Recovery) will demonstrate innovative solutions to transform urban biowaste into high value-added products, helping cities to increase their recycling rate and creating new circular economy business opportunities.
SCALIBUR will address two main challenges for biowaste recycling:
- Improving bio-waste collection SCALIBUR will work with the municipalities of Madrid (Spain), Albano Laziale (Italy) and Kozani (Greece) to increase the quality and quantity of biowaste that is collected. Partners will engage stakeholders along the biowaste value chain, starting at the household level to improve citizen understanding about the importance of waste separation and to increase the acceptance of products made from biowaste.
- High value-added products Biowaste is commonly used for energy or composting, but SCALIBUR will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to produce high value-added products, such as bioplastics and biopesticides. Three demonstration lines are planned:
- Commodity chemicals, bioplastics and biopesticides from household waste;
- Proteins, lipids and chitin from HORECA and retail waste;
- Bioplastics from urban sewage sludge;
Europe wide replication
SCALIBUR aims to inspire a revolution in urban biowaste recycling in Europe. Greenovate! Europe will lead activities to facilitate the replication of the project’s solutions, including an e-learning training programme for municipalities and entrepreneurs. Municipalities looking to improve biowaste recycling in their city are invited to join an Early Adopter Club, which will organise activities to share best practices from the SCALIBUR pilots. Recycling of biowaste into bio-based products creates many new business opportunities, and Greenovate! Europe will mentor 10 entrepreneurs and businesses looking to enter this market.
SCALIBUR brings together leading waste management companies, technology developers, research organisations and four European cities, and is coordinated by the Packaging, Transport and Logistics Research Center – ITENE.