The conference on urban waste and circular economy organised in the Gipuzkoa region of the Basque country in Spain, by the Life ANADRY project, brought together public-private actors involved in the management of urban waste and sludge.
The meeting brought together various players involved in waste management and addressed issues such as sludge management or organic matter. It also presented new technologies for the circular management of urban waste. The regional Deputy for Environment, José Ignacio Asensio, explained that the Department wants to move forward in the direction of improving the environment, promote the Circular Economy and seek mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change. He also pointed out that “Gipuzkoa has achieved a breakthrough with selective collection, now it is time to make waste new raw materials to create wealth and employment”. In this regard, he pointed out initiatives such as the recycling cluster and the infrastructure of the Gipuzkoa Environmental Complex, which will come into operation in 2019.
The management of municipal solid waste and sludge generated in urban treatment plants faces major challenges in the framework of the circular economy according to the guidelines set by the European Union in recent years. The adaptation to this new context, where waste is valued as a resource, involves the adoption of technological solutions that allow the recovery of energy or materials from waste in a viable and sustainable manner. This meeting brought together public-private actors involved in the management of sludge and MSW, and showed innovative projects for the development of technologies that arise from the close collaboration between industry, administration and technology centers or universities.
Among the initiatives presented, Mónica Pedreira, Director of Environment of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, has announced the Gipuzkoa project in circular economy and MSW management. On the other hand, Laura Pastor and Myriam Esteban , from DAM and Ceit-IK4, presented the management of sewage sludge in medium and small-sized treatment plants; Mitxel Corcuera , from Aguas del Añarbe, has exposed the current challenges in the management of sludge; Iñaki Urrizalki , from NILSA , has explained the management model of organic matter of urban origin in Navarra.
Alejandra Cerda was there on behalf of UAB and presented the project as a paradigm of the circular economy and waste as a raw material in the manufacture of high added value bioproducts.