A strategic analysis of waste management in Spanish greenhouse horticultural sector through the SWOT matrix, identifying the Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats, was presented in the “XLIX National Meeting for Technicians and Horticulture Specialists” held in Toledo (Spain). During the event several theoretical conferences as well as practical field visits to different farms were organized.

During the period 9th-12th September, the “XLIX Meeting for Technicians and Horticulture Specialists” took place in Toledo (Spain). In this important meeting, more than 40 communications related to horticulture value chain were presented. IFAPA participated presenting a SWOT analysis of the horticulture greenhouse sector according to waste management. 

Among the strengths and opportunities to achieve “zero waste” in the production process, which is one of the key objectives of the REINWASTE project, we can highlight the following:

  • Willingness to change from different organizations to improve inorganic waste management
  • Organizations awareness-raising about the problem with inorganic waste
  • Cooperation agreements with authorized managers or with transport companies in most of the organizations
  • Agrofood standard quality certification in all entities
  • Pilot testing in some of the entities, to check the feasibility of using biodegradable raffia.
  • A certain degree of partnership in protected horticulture, which encourages scale economy in inorganic waste management.
  • Inorganic waste valorization for fuels and chemical products production.
  • Higher social awareness relating to the impact and problems associated to generated waste in the agri-food value chain
  • Increasing demand and willingness to pay of consumers for the consumption of more sustainable production systems

On the opposite side, some of the weaknesses and threats identified could be the following:

  • Strong dependency of inputs from the production system, and, consequently, high amount different waste generation.
  • Familiar and autonomous exploitations, and therefore, the problems of small horticultural farmer to face the added burden from waste management (dedication, cost, complexity, etc.)
  • Typology and heterogeneity of generated waste by the protected horticulture
  • Lack of trust among some producers related to a proper inorganic waste management by specialized enterprises, which leads to waste dropout or incineration
  • Damage to environmental quality and soil and water pollution
  • Negative visual impact
  • Discredit of the sector by some countries, which might result in a decrease of exportations with the consequent economic losses.

Thus, any policy plan or program should decrease or palliate these limitations and weaknesses, and at the same time encourage and promote the strengths found in this presented SWOT analysis.

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