Turning food waste into sustainable soil improvers for better soil health and improved food systems
- CERTH (Coord.)
- LAB University of Applied Sciences
- Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries
- University of Parma
- Assemblée des Régions Européenne Fruitières Légumières et Horticoles
- VEOLIA/SEDE ENVIRONNEMENT
- 3R- BioPhosphate Ltd.
- WINGS ICT
- WAGENIGEN UNIVERSITY
- BIOMASA PENINSULAR
- Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation
- (Affiliate) DIADYMA
- University of Ljubljana
- Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd.
- Savonia University of Applied Sciences
- Science and Research Centre Koper
- FiBL (Associated partner)
Waste4Soil envisions the development of 10 technological and methodological solutions for the recycling of food processing residues from the food industry into local, biological circular soil conditioners for improved soil health. The aim of the user-driven project is to support food value chain stakeholders, including waste managers to assess their food processing residue situation and take action to recycle appropriate waste streams into beneficial soil conditioners. Waste4Soil will set up 7 Living Labs across Europe in Greece, Finland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia to study the utilization of 8 types of food processing residues (i.e. meat, fish, dairy, cereals, olive oil , beverages (wine), fruits and vegetables and processed foods).
The project focuses on evaluating and improving the efficiency of existing food waste management pathways of soil conditioners, formulation and application methods focusing on: 1) Anaerobic digestion residues 2) Innovative Biochar production from food processing residues and digestates 3) Biophosphate treatment 4) Efficient solid waste composting process 5) Protein hydrolysates that act as soil conditioners and 6) Management platform of all living labs, with a growing database, route optimization applications, soil health assessments and application recipes, commercial aspects and ability to use IoT devices in logistics. The 27 partners and 1 associated partner supporting this project proposal form an interdisciplinary partnership in 10 European countries.
DIADYMA is participating in Waste4Soil as an Affiliated Entity to CluBE and together with CluBE and CERTH, is one of the Waste4Soil partners directly involved in the Greek Living-Lab. DIADYMA will support transportation and handling of food-processing residues (FPR), while CERTH will be responsible for running the separation technologies and analyses, CLUBE will be responsible for bringing food processing industries and their members biogas plants to collaborate while will also be responsible for the formulation and distribution of end products to farmers.
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