SCALIBUR, turning waste into biomaterials
Converting organic waste into biomaterials: this is the objective of SCALIBUR (Scalable Technologies for Bio-Urban Waste Recovery), a project coordinated by ITENE in Valencia.
More than 100 million tons of organic waste are thrown away every year in the EU, of which at least 75% end up in landfills or incinerators, with serious environmental problems. SCALIBUR intends to help manage this problem.
The project involves 21 partners, including UNIMORE, which, in collaboration with the partner company Kour Energy Srl, will build a pilot plant to transform urban organic waste into food for insects, which in turn will be converted into valuable substances to be used for energy purposes and to produce animal feed, plastic materials and food ingredients.
The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia has received a budget of 800,000 euro to carry out the project, which involves professors and researchers of the Life Sciences and Law Departments: Prof. Andrea Antonelli, head of the research unit at UNIMORE, Lara Maistrello, Francesca Masino, Enrico Francia, Anna Justina Milc, Luigi Foffani and Silvia Manservisi.
“The general objective of SCALIBUR”, explains Prof. Antonelli, “is to recycle and valorize urban organic waste, waste from large-scale retailers, sludge from urban wastewater treatment plants to obtain bio-based products to be put back on the market, thus reducing the environmental impact related to waste management, while creating wealth and new jobs”.