REINWASTE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR REDUCING INORGANIC WASTE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARING VALUABLE PROJECT RESULTS

UES and ART-ER organized an international online event “Transfer of Good Practices for Inorganic Waste Reduction in the Primary Sector (Agriculture) and Food Industry” whose main objective was transferring the results of REINWASTE pilot actions targeted to reducing inorganic waste production within food value chains in the three partner regions in Spain, France and Italy.

Experts from Bosnia Herzegovina, Slovenia and Greece presented their perspective from their national context.

The international event “Transfer of Good Practices for Inorganic Waste Reduction in the Primary Sector and Food Industry” organized online by UES and ART-ER was held in two sessions, from November 30 to December 1, 2020; the first was dedicated to agriculture while the second one to the food industry. 

Both event sessions were opened by the UES REINWASTE project member Dragan Vujadinović and the IFAPA REINWASTE project coordinator María Antonia Cobacho Vargas. In his introductory speech, Dragan Vujadinović presented the University of East Sarajevo, as the organizing institution and the agenda of the event, while the REINWASTE project coordinator María Antonia Cobacho Vargas from AGAPA gave an overview of the project, its main goals, the methodology used and the obtained results (presentation available here).

REINWASTE partners presented the best practices from the project experience in the field of agriculture and food industry sector, in order to generate a wider awareness and ownership of REINWASTE pilot solutions towards the widest possible range of SMEs and companies, and open up for the adaptation of these solutions to new value chains or countries. 

Presentations of the pilot tests from the agricultural sector were given by Daniele Mezzogori and Gloria Chiappini, Confagricoltura (Reduction of inorganic waste in dairy livestock companies in Emilia-Romagna), Fátima Rojas Serrano, IFAPA (REINWASTE Primary sector pilots in Andalucia) and François GROËLL, CRA PACA (The management of inorganic waste on French farms: a system unique in Europe).

Presentations of the pilot research from the food industry sectors were given by Fabio Licciardello, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Reduction of inorganic waste in dairy livestock companies in Emilia-Romagna), Concha Ávila, FIAB (Reduction of inorganic packaging waste industry horticulture sector in Andalusia, Spain) and Jacques Thébault, ANIA (Results of the REINWASTE France pilot in the meat industry).

The last session for both days was held by experts from three target countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Slovenia. They presented key-drivers and inputs to facilitate and enhance the transferability of REINWASTE approach to new Countries, underlining the needs and main challenges related to inorganic waste minimization in their own country, the recommended technology transfer actions, and the most relevant actors to be concerned in the transferability/technology transfer actions. 

Presentations within the agricultural session were held by Thomas Bartzanas, Agricultural University of Athens (Inorganic waste management in agriculture sector in Greece), Vesna Miličić, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia - Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises (Inorganic waste in agricultural sector in Slovenia) and Milan Vukić, UES (Inorganic waste in agricultural sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina). Presentations within the food industry session were held by Thomas Bartzanas, Agricultural University of Athens (Inorganic waste management in food sector in Greece), Petra Medved Djurašinović, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia - Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises (Inorganic waste in food sector in Slovenia) and Svetlana Pelemiš, UES (Inorganic waste in food sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The event came as one of the results transferring actions of the project; the main conclusion was that the potential of transferring of Reinwaste solution is high, given that all countries face similar challenges in the reduction of inorganic waste production.

The event was attended by more than 100 people from different countries inside but also outside the Mediterranean region.

The REINWASTE project is co-financed by the European Development Regional Fund.

All presentations are available online at the following links: