Geograma (Álava), a partner company of the Geograma Life+ project to use dairy, meat and vegetable by-products, unveiled the first pilot schemes using GIS information systems to set up routes to collect those waste fractions to the project's other partners, AZTI-Tecnalia, LKS and Ihobe, the publicly-owned company of the Basque Government.

The GISWASTE Life project offers an IT tool that facilitates the decision-making about the most appropriate use of the dairy, meat and vegetable by-products from the agrifood sector.The recovery alternatives being studied are the generation of biogas and animal feed production.The tool will be used for the decision-making process when deciding to start up recovery plants.

Geograma, a company based in Vitoria-Geograma specialising in collecting, supplying, processing and managing geoinformation, announced that it would be incorporating mapping packages of the Basque Country in the tool and which include the location of the different waste producers.This information, along with other environmental, social and economic criteria to be added later, can be used to calculate routes with travel times and distances between the different points to collection and download food by-products.  This will enable an exhaustive environmental and economic analysis of future recovery projects.

This meeting of the GISWASTE Life partners precedes the first feedback meeting on this tool which will be held before the end of the year with key stakeholders such as authorities, generators or producer associations for their input and to include it in the project.

Futher information: GISWASTE project

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FuturENVIRO, the journal of environmental projects, technology and news, has published a technical article on LifeGISWASTE, the European project.The article considers the computer tool proposed by the project to use up to 70% of dairy, meat and vegetable waste.This is possible thanks to the involvement of Geograma, LKS and Ihobe – the Basque Government’s Environmental Management Company, and the work is coordinated by the AZTI-Tecnalia centre.     

FuturEVIRO is a leading journal in the field of Waste and Water Management and Treatment.It also provides the reader with news of the latest developments in recycling any type of waste, bioenergy or energy recovery, among other aspects.Right from its start, in June 2013, the journal has published 10 issues a year, with a circulation of 7,000 print copies and with over 100,000 web subscribers worldwide.It is aimed at companies in sectors such as agri-food, bioenergy and waste.

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FuturENVIRO, the journal of environmental projects, technology and news, has published a technical article on LifeGISWASTE, the European project.The article considers the computer tool proposed by the project to use up to 70% of dairy, meat and vegetable waste.This is possible thanks to the involvement of Geograma, LKS and Ihobe – the Basque Government’s Environmental Management Company, and the work is coordinated by the AZTI-Tecnalia centre.     

FuturEVIRO is a leading journal in the field of Waste and Water Management and Treatment.It also provides the reader with news of the latest developments in recycling any type of waste, bioenergy or energy recovery, among other aspects.Right from its start, in June 2013, the journal has published 10 issues a year, with a circulation of 7,000 print copies and with over 100,000 web subscribers worldwide.It is aimed at companies in sectors such as agri-food, bioenergy and waste.

Further information:FuturENVIRO

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The 2nd external annual follow-up meeting for Life GISWASTE project was held in the headquarters of AZTI-Tecnalia in Derio, Bizkaia, last 23 March, with the delegate of NEEMO by the European Commission and the other project partners: LKS, Geograma and Ihobe-Basque Government.

During the meeting, the technical advances made over the last year were presented: current status of the work performed under each of the planned actions, progress to date, review of activities and forecasts for the coming months. It was completed with an administrative and financial review, and an exposure of the latest actions in communication.

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Bioterra, one of the main environmental fairs specialised in ecological products and responsible consumption, shall offer a conference to explain the philosophy and goals of the Life GISWASTE project. The event will be held next 6th June, the first day of its opening to the public, in the Hall room of FICOBA's fairground, from 11 am.

David San Martín and Saioa Ramos, researchers at the department of sustainable and efficient processes at AZTI-Tecnalia, will talk about how new methodologies, such as those studied in the GISWASTE project, can reduce the environmental impact of the agrifood chain, and will describe the actions being carried out within this European project..

Likewise, Ihobe, the Basque Government's public environmental management company, another of the partners of the Life GISWASTE project, will also be present in the exhibition area with a stand where they will distribute, among other things, information on this initiative and the informational leaflet.

The Bioterra fair, which this year shall be holding its 11th edition, will take place from 6th to 8th June at the FICOBA fairground in Irun. Last year's edition received 15,500 visitors and there were 114 exhibitors.





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The European GISWASTE project aims to establish a methodology and a tool that prioritises the options for recycling organic subproducts: vegetable, meat and dairy waste in particular. The validity of the method will be verified with two real-life research models: a biogas plant and an animal feed plant. The Basque agrifood sector generates 4 million tonnes of by-products and waste annually; 113,000 tonnes are vegetable, meat and dairy waste that are not put to use, despite their high content in nutrients and compounds. Experts calculate that over 70% of this waste can be recovered. The project is participated in by the European Union's Life project and is led by the consortium coordinated by the AZTI-Tecnalia centre, with the collaboration of the companies Geograma, LKS and the Basque Government's Public Society for Environmental Management, Ihobe.

Every day in Europe thousands of tonnes of food subproducts end up as waste because they are not put to use. The agrifood sector of the Basque Autonomous Community generates annually 4 million tonnes of organic material, by-products and waste; 113,000 tonnes are vegetable, meat and dairy waste, which has a high content in nutrients and compounds, and which could become raw material again, as ingredients for animal feed or for obtaining biofuels.

Experts calculate that at least 70% of this waste can be recovered. Though recovering is of little use if there is no demand for the new product in the market. The issue can be summarised with the following question: How can we know if it is feasible to recover a product at the location and in the conditions it is produced in?

The European GISWASTE project seeks to provide the answer to this question. It is participated in by the European Union's Life project and is led by the consortium coordinated by the AZTI-Tecnalia centre, with the collaboration of the companies Geograma, LKS and the Basque Government's Public Society for Environmental Management, Ihobe.

A tool for making decisions

The GISWASTE project aims to establish a methodology and a tool that determines the viability and feasibility of each case's recycling options. A tool to prioritise the recycling alternatives, based on GIS geoinformation technology.

GIS geoinformation enables building intelligent maps, in which the geographical location is included as a variable associated with a database. Included in this database are all the technical, economic and environmental factors that will condition the viability of the recycling options: amounts of by-product generated, proximity or dispersion of the same, seasonality, logistics, environmental adequacy of the treatment plants...

The Basque consortium that is developing this project considers that the tool will be of enormous help when decisions have to be made by those involved in the field of waste recycling, as well as for the public administrations. In addition, they believe that it has the potential to generate new economic activities and opportunities for collaboration between the generators and recyclers of by-products.

Animal feed and biogas

The GISWASTE project contemplates the launch of two real-life research models to validate the new tool. These would be two plants; a biogas plant and an animal feed plant, which will be used to verify the suitability of the method devised.

With over 20 years of experience in projects for the recycling of food subproducts, the AZTI-Tecnalia centre, with expertise in marine and food research, is in charge of coordinating this European project, with the collaboration of Geograma, a company specialised in the collection, supply, processing and management of geoinformation; the Professional Services group LKS, part of the Mondragón group, and the Basque Government's Public Society for Environmental Management, Ihobe.

The GISWASTE Project has a budget of €1.4 million and will end in 2017.

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