More than fifty people, including farmers, business technicians and scientists, as well as those responsible for the Administration, participate in the Regional Workshop of the REINWASTE Project.

The Agency for the Management of Agriculture and Fisheries of Andalusia (Spanish acronym AGAPA) organized on December 5, the Regional Workshop on “the reduction of inorganic waste in the horticultural sector” at the headquarters of the Territorial Delegation of the Regional Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development in Granada, Andalusia (Spain). The event was inaugurated by the President of the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (Spanish acronym IFAPA), José Cara González, who pointed out that “the horticultural intensive model can also contribute positively to the environment with some examples such as the plastic pool effect, which cools instead of heating, or the efforts of the sector concerning the efficient use of water.

In addition, the Regional Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development adviser, Judit Anda Ugarte, presented the circular economy action plan and the bioeconomy strategy whose objective is to improve and increase the sustainable use of renewable resources to meet global and local challenges such as climate change and sustainable development.

There was also a round table, in which experts from the technological and agri-food sectors, as well as a representation of the agri-food companies involved in the pilot experiences, participated. In this round table, key aspects for the awareness and prevention of inorganic waste were discussed. Some specific cases were presented by the companies participating in the project, such as the replacement of PP with recycled PET, eco-design, biodegradable raffias, compostable packaging, etc.

Among the main conclusions, it is worth highlighting the importance of carrying out communication campaigns to prevent and raise awareness among citizens in order to avoid  unnecessary waste, as well as transferring knowledge.