AIMPLAS is participating in the WaysTUP! project, funded by Horizon 2020. The project aims to turn urban biowaste into resources such as food additives, condiments, insect protein, bioethanol, biosolvents and bioplastics.
The WaysTUP! project will develop and implement an approach involving a behavioural change in citizens and local communities. By improving their perceptions of urban biowaste as a local resource, the goal is to promote active citizen participation in separate collection of urban biowaste for recovery.
New profitable manufacturing business models will be developed to prepare the resulting technological solutions and end products for market entry. The project will also advise city managers on how to adopt new organizational models that support the use of urban biowaste, as well as evidence-based EU-level policy recommendations for decision-makers.
AIMPLAS’s role in the project will consist of producing packaging from PHA from coffee and oil waste. PHA will first be formulated so it can be extruded, the sheet will be manufactured and the packaging will then be thermoformed.
The 42-month project will involve 26 research partners, local authorities, businesses and city networks: SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA AGRICULTORES DE LA VEGA DE VALENCIA, BIOPOLIS SL, AIMPLAS – PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS, UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE, BIO-BEAN LIMITED, NAFIGATE CORPORATION, A.S., NOVAMONT SPA, INDUSTRIAS MECÁNICAS ALCUDIA SA, CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGÉTICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLÓGICAS-CIEMAT, TBW RESEARCH GESMBH, METSA TISSUE OYI, NUTRITION SCIENCES, ADM WILD VALENCIA SA, TERRA I XUFA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA, DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL S.A., FUNDACIÓN CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGÉTICOS, INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM, INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS, BIOSENSE INSTITUTE, ΕΤΑΜ SA, BARCELONA METROPOLITAN AREA, VALENCIA CITY COUNCIL, HELLENIC SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF NATURE AND DIKTYO POLEON GIA TI VIOSIMI ANAPTYXI KAI KYKLIKI OIKONOMIA.