With the aim to exchange experiences and broaden the cooperation network, Life GISWASTE project staff take part in events, meetings and work sessions with a wide range of entities from the sector.
Representatives of AZTI and LKS, partners of the LIFE GISWASTE project, met in Athens in June with Life COLRECEPS managers to share experiences regarding the progress of both projects. COLRECEPS seeks to implement a demonstration prototype plant to recycle EPS waste to obtain EPS pearls. Those pearls will be used to manufacture new prototype products made of recycled EPS. The life cycle of expanded polystyrene will thus be closed and great added value given to this waste. The new prototype products will be used in the food sector and have the advantage of being designed especially for the end user and offer enhanced features to the current ones.
The COLRECEPS project aims to solve the environmental issue caused by the accumulation of large amounts of EPS waste in landfills, which are not biodegradable and which take up a large amount of space due to their low density. In addition, currently 80% of them end up in landfill, over 32,000 tons/year in Spain and the other 20% is recycled using different methods. The amount of EPS waste generated in Europe in 2010, based on CMAI (Chemical Market Associates) data, was 1.6 million tons.
Taking advantage of their presence at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management to showcase the progress of the Life GISWASTE project, technicians from two partner companies of the project were in contact with the European Life LEACHLESS project to discuss possible synergies and expertise. In Europe, large amounts of leachates are generated and, due to their composition, have a very high pollution load. The LEACHLESS project offers an on-site treatment model and uses a new and cost-effective technology that combines solar condensation/evaporation and direct osmosis. The prototype will be run using renewables (solar energy, biomass and residual heat), which will minimise the carbon footprint of the process.
On 26 October, technicians from AZTI held a second meeting with the head of quality at the MIBA animal feed company in order to continue with the tool validation task. At AZTI’s headquarters in Derio the importance of updating and contrasting the information with agents within the sector in order to increase the final accuracy of the tool was emphasised.
On 27 October, AZTI held a meeting with the heads of quality and R&D at the company ELMUBAS, with headquarters in Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa). This company makes dry food for cats and dogs and has more than 30 years of experience in the sector. After presenting the progress made in the project, the figures that will enable the final calibration of the GISWASTE tool were contrasted.
AZTI visited the installations of Leche Pascual in Aranda de Duero (Burgos), the third largest brand of dairy product consumption in Spain. After presenting the GISWASTE project, Leche Pascual showed keen interest, commenting on the high value that the tool can contribute for the reuse of food by-products as the raw material for animal feed.
AZTI made a visit to the installations of the CICYTEX Centre of Scientific and Technological Research in Mérida. In addition to presenting the GISWASTE project and learning about the different lines of research of CICYTEX, different possibilities for future collaboration were explored in the field of animal feed. The meeting ended with a visit to the estate of the ‘La Orden-Valdesquera’ Institute of Agricultural Studies, where the different animals and studies set up were shown.
AZTI technicians met with representatives of the Life LIVEWASTE project during the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management (Limassol, Cyprus). Apart from the meeting held with the host project, the technicians had the opportunity to discuss experiences with other LIFE and H2020 project representatives. The main objective of the LIVEWASTE project is to develop, demonstrate and evaluate an innovative approach for sustainable management of livestock waste, thus achieving better environmental protection and climate change mitigation.
LKS and AZTI technicians visited the MIBA Farming Cooperative feed production premises located in Etxebarria (Bizkaia) in order to learn about the animal feed manufacturing process. Apart from presenting the GISWASTE project to the company and learning about the different process flows, valid information was obtained that will facilitate work on the preliminary draft of the plant to produce flour for animal feed. That preliminary draft is fundamental to calibrate the tool developed within the project.
AZTI technicians met with SAAC Ibérica managers in Iscar, Segovia province. SAAC Ibérica produces roasted and dehydrated cereal and plant fractions, selling a wide range of dehydrated products. The SAAC Ibérica managers expressed great interest in the GISWASTE tool to help with decision-making to expand its business lines.
As part of the rationale of the cooperation network, AZTI technicians of the Life GISWASTE project held meetings in Barcelona and Granollers with managers from Ingetecsa, Riera Nadeu and GEA Westfalia, all of which specialise in drying technologies. After the project presentation, the company representatives expressed a clear interest in sharing the results of the project, involving the future possibility of providing drying equipment for the new organic by-product recovery activity.
AZTI-Tecnalia met with representatives of CARINSA at the company's office in Sant Quirze del Vallés (Barcelona province). CARINSA is a group of companies made up of 5 divisions to provide an integral service to different sectors including animal and human feed, perfumery, cosmetics and cleaning products, along with advisory services. During the meeting, they discussed the objectives and current phase of development of the GISWASTE tool, along with studying possible future collaborations.
During the ORBIT 2016 Congress AZTI technicians held a meeting with the coordinators of the Life WASP TOOL (LIFE 10 ENV/GR/000622), which has already finalised.
The main result of the WASP TOOL project was an online tool to help decision-making to prevent food waste and efficiently manage waste.
On 4 February, AZTI technicians held a meeting with TRASA S.L. at San Adrián (Navarra). TRASA was set up as the result of the environmental analysis conducted in the vegetable processing sector between 2001 and 2006. The managers expressed greater interest in the GISWASTE tool to be developed as a means to recover vegetable by-products and possible user of the GISWASTE tool as an investor in a recovery plant for animal feed.
On 4 February, AZTI technicians held a meeting with DESHIDRATAL in Aranda de Duero (Burgos) as part of their striving to extend the cooperation network in 2016. Deshidratal is a company engaged in the thermal drying of food products for their use in human food and animal feed, along with their exporting, importing and marketing. The Deshidratal managers expressed their great interest in the GISWASTE tool as a tool to support the decision-making process when setting up recovery plants for animal feed.