Organized by Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee, in collaboration with  DG Research & Innovation Unit F2 - Bio-based products and processing (TBC), ASSOBIOTEC, H2020 RES URBIS Project and H2020 SMART PLANT Project

In a "Circular Economy" approach, the integrated management of different organic material flows of waste arising in urban areas, may allow their valorization, through both the recovery of material resources (nitrogen and phosphorus) and the development of new bio-based materials and/or biofuels. In particular, the integration of the treatment of municipal organic waste with the civil wastewater and related sewage sludge may allow the optimal use of available technologies (e.g. by allowing to reach an adequate treatment capacity even for medium-small local frames and/or by exploiting any reactor volumes that are already available in the sludge lines) as well as it can accelerate the development of emerging technologies, especially towards bio-products with higher added value. These innovative technology chains can go to graft on processes already applied as the combined production of compost and biogas. Nor it should be excluded a possible integration with thermal processes, to broaden the spectrum of added-value products. In addition, an integrated management of secondary organic streams of urban origin could be extended to include other waste such as those arising by agro-industrial sector and the large retail and wholesale, which have similar compositions and often originate in peri-urban area. Of course, this integrated management requires to address not only the technical and economic aspects, but also the protection of human health and safety and the environmental sustainability, which eventually call for the definition of new "end of waste criteria" that need to be adequate for the new technological chains and new bio-materials and bio-products. This approach appears to be fundamental to create the necessary interaction, in a perspective B2B, between the sectors of the "waste / wastewater management" on one hand and downstream segments of the production and placement of "bio-based products (eg, the sectors of the bioplastics and biolubricants) on the other one. Nor should we neglect the key role of local authorities and industry associations, starting from the stages of technological development and setting of market strategies.

The goal of this workshop is to present and to compare both the today's most advanced management programs (case studies in various European cities) and the new technological chains, that are emerging at least at pilot scale by various Projects, National and International.

Targeted Audience: private and public Companies of the sectors of Waste and/or Water Management, companies in the Bio-industries sectors (eg. Bioplastics), local and regional Public Authorities, Company Associations.


Preliminary program


SESSION I: Some advanced experiences/projects of waste / wastewater management in European area

Section Chair:

Mauro Majone, Sapienza University of Rome

Paolo Pavan, University of Venice ‘Ca Foscari


10.00-10.15 Urban biowaste to biobased products: capturing the value of urban biowaste resources

Andrea Accorigi (DG Research & Innovation Unit F2)

10.15-10.30 Integrated treatment of municipal wastewater and organic fraction of MSW: pre-treatment approaches, two full scale experiences

Franco Cecchi e Giulia Moretto

10.30-10.45 Integrated management in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Juan Carlos Fernandez Valles, Area Metropolitana de Barcelona

10.45-11.00 The "South Wales cluster"

Alan Guwy, University of South Wales

11.00-11.15 Project Wcycle: Transition of Urban Region into Circular Economy

Igor Kos, Maribor Mayors Cabinet and the Institute Wcycle Maribor

11.15-11.30 L’esperienza di SESA SpA nella valorizzazione della frazione organica dei rifiuti solidi urbani da raccolta differenziata

Tiziano Bonato, SESA spa

11.30-11.45 Discussion


SESSION II: Approaches and technologies emerging from research and innovation

(Session organized by Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee, with presentations of ongoing National or European Research and Innovation Projects, by the respective Coordinators)


Section Chairs:

Franco Cecchi, University of Verona

Giuseppe Mininni, CNR


11.45-12.00 RESources from URban Bio-waSte – The RES URBIS project

Mauro Majone, Sapienza University of Rome

12.00-12.15 NoAW : No Agro-Waste - Innovative approaches to turn agricultural waste into ecological and economic assets

Nathalie Gontard, Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

12.15-12.30 Scale-up of low-carbon footprint MAterial Recovery Techniques for upgrading existing wastewater treatment Plants - SMART-Plant;

Francesco Fatone, Polytechnic University of Marche

12.30-12.45 Directions and perspectives of advanced sludge management in the EU

Giuseppe Mininni, CNR

12.45-13.15 Discussion


SESSION III: Industrial experiences of valorization of secondary flows

Session organized in collaboration with ASSOBIOTEC


Section Chairs:

Mario Bonaccorso, ASSOBIOTEC

Mauro Majone, Sapienza University of Rome


14.15-14.30 Mixed culture polyhydroxyalkanoate production experience: Insights on qualities for market Potential

Alan Werker Promiko AB

14.30-14.45 Urban Biorefinery PERSEO Bioethanol®: Bioethanol, bioproducts and bioenergy from Organic Municipal Solid Waste

Caterina Coll Lozano, IMECAL

14.45-15.00 The chemical recycling of residual waste: an industrial-scale case study of a transition to a circular economy”

Alex Miles, ENERKEM

15.00-15.15 Recycling Absorbent Hygiene Products waste by establishing a multi-purpose bio  refinery: the Embraced Project"

Marcello Somma, Fater SpA - Head of R&D and Business Development AHP-R

15.15-15.30 Discussion


SESSION IV: How to Close the Circle (if one segment handles with urban waste)

Hot spots on methodologies and their peculiarities when having an urban waste at hand


Section Chairs:

Paolo Pavan, University of Venice ‘Ca Foscari

Giuseppe Mininni, CNR


15.30-15.45 The Life Cycle Assessment

Alessio Boldrin, Danish Technical University

15.45-16.00 Waste “cost” and business models

Fabiana Fantinel, InnoEXC

16.00-16.15 “End of waste” criteria for novel waste-based products

David Bolzonella, Verona University

16.15-16.30 The social perception of waste-based end-use goods: integrating the consumer in the closed loop supply chain strategy

Ivan Russo, Verona University 

16.30-16.45 Discussion


16.45-18.00 Round Table with invited speakers and discussion with the floor

Invited speakers: Andrea Lanuzza (CAP-Group); Michele Trimboli (ATO- ME3); Daniele Renzi (ATS srl); Giovanni Gatti, (Provincia Autonoma di Trento), Alessandro Carfagnini (Sabio srl) and discussion with the floor


Invited presentations will be displayed in a poster session and discussed during the round table.

Speeches in Italian or English.

EN/IT translation will be provided