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.

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:

Kozani food markets enter the circular economy

The SCALIBUR pilot city of Kozani is ramping up its efforts to create a circular economy for biowaste. The City already runs a pilot project to collect waste in the neighbourhoods of Kozani. Last year this pilot was expanded by delivering approximately 600 brown bins to households. The latest initiative, a collaboration between CluBE Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment of Western […]

Madrid on the way to ‘getting organic waste right’

If you live in Madrid you will know the ‘Acierta con la organica’ campaign by now. It has been all over the city in the last two years, on posters, badges… and, most appropriately, on waste bins. It translates to ‘Madrid: getting organic waste right’ and is the public information campaign accompanying the introduction of organic […]

Albano Laziale – a reference for waste management in Italy

Nestled in the Alban hills – a dormant volcanic range 20km southeast of Rome – you find the town of Albano Laziale. While it may not have the grandeur of the ‘eternal city’, Albano Laziale is streets ahead in another way: waste management. Albano has the intention to be a national reference for waste management, […]

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