Biowaste Collection

Best practices

In order to help cities improve their management of biowaste, SCALIBUR partners will identify and develop best practices for selective collection, transport, sorting and pre-treatment, and characterisation of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), HORECA and retail waste and sewage sludge. Click on the icons below to download our best practice factsheets!

Partners will identify technical best practices in terms of containerisation and depositing/collection of waste. Attention will also be paid to citizen awareness campaigning and the most effective incentive schemes.

A start to end process for sorting and pre-treatment of OFMSW will be developed, including an innovative biowaste monitoring system. Best practices for sorting and pre-treating sewage sludge will also be sought.

Transport and logistics of urban biowaste will be optimised during the project by identifying the best methods and algorithms to reduce collection times, avoiding transport steps and optimise the time needed to reach the treatment plants.

Partners will develop a characterisation protocol for the three biowaste fractions. This will help to optimise the feedstocks for conversion to high added value products.

Pilot actions

Partners will engage stakeholders along the value chain – from waste generators to collectors and processors – to support the integration of innovative biowaste management practices in three pilot cities – Albano Laziale (Italy), Kozani (Greece) and Madrid (Spain). Pilot actions to test and evaluate good practices will start in 2020.
Read the stories of our pilot cities:

Discover SCALIBUR’s scientific and technical publications!

SCALIBUR partners have uncovered some fascinating results on their mission to create a circular economy for biowaste. Learn directly from their experiences by reading the numerous studies and reports the partners have published: Scientific publications Quantification of polyhydroxyalkanoate accumulated in waste activated sludge (Water Research) Exploring the Limits of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Production by Municipal Activated Sludge […]

EU consortium delivers new products and technologies to make the most of biowaste

Partners in the SCALIBUR project have developed a range of innovative technologies to improve the collection and management of biowaste, and its valorisation into new products such as biopesticides and biodegradable polyesters. The Horizon 2020 project SCALIBUR (Scalable Technologies for Bio-Urban Waste Recovery) ended on 31 October having achieved its mission to deliver new innovations in the field of biowaste […]

Introducing our Kozani Local Champions!

In each of our pilot cities SCALIBUR partners have identified ‘local champions’ – inspired citizens, start-ups, collectives and small businesses that are highly committed to support their cities and fellow citizens in adopting circular, sustainable approaches and lifestyles. The pilot city of Kozani has 8 local champions and you can get to know them better […]

Best performing territory

The Municipality of Lund participates as best performing territory and mentor. Discovery how they became a circular economy pioneer:


To find out more about SCALIBUR’s work on biowaste collection please contact:
Licinio Díaz Expósito, ITENE