ANDALUSIA: START OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

REINWASTE pilot actions implementation (Phase II of WP3), core of the project and one of its main milestones, has started for horticultural greenhouse farming sector in Andalusia (Spain). For that a meeting has been held last 26th June in Almería (Andalusia-Spain) among IFAPA, AGAPA and the two knowledge centres hired, to define the five-pilot tests, the process of implementation and horticultural companies selected for the testing phase.

Reinwaste project started the implementation of innovative solutions to minimise inorganic waste disposal for horticultural greenhouse farming sector in Andalusia (Spain). For that, a meeting held in Almería, one of the most important horticultural production areas in Europe, on 26th June 2019 among IFAPA, AGAPA as well as ECOGESTIONA and COEXPHAL, knowledge centers hired for assessing and advising horticultural companies.

These innovative solutions will be performed by 5 out of the 15 horticultural farming companies that participated in the previous phase of B2B and soft assessment (Phase I). These companies were selected according to technical criteria and, together with IFAPA, AGAPA and external Experts, will be responsible for the implementation of innovative solutions for minimizing their respective generation of inorganic waste during the production process.

The innovative solutions to be tested are the following:

• Use of alternative raffia and clips for plant staking: replacement, separation and correct disposal. Alternatives include compostable and biodegradable materials.

• Implementation of documentary traceability systems for inorganic waste disposal from the origin exploitation to the reception plant.

• Use of alternative thin plastics for mulching, including compostable and biodegradable materials as well as alternative handling techniques or separation systems to minimise the production of this difficult-to-manage waste.

• Energetic valorisation of difficult management waste including mulching plastics, polypropylene raffia and other waste such as containers not included within the phytosanitary packaging collecting systems or bee hives, among others.

• Establishing of an associative waste management model, involving companies at different levels.

These pilot tests will be performed from June to December 2019, when all the information within this regard will be collected and processed. In addition, a sustainability analysis, using experimental field data and a Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (AHP: Analytic Hierarchy Process) methodology will be performed determining in which way the different solutions are suitable according to sustainability triple dimension, economic, social and environmental.