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The SCOW project Workshop in Barcelona

13 January, 2015


  The SCOW project workshop

25TH February 2015, Barcelona


2nd capitalization conference- Manisfesto Workshop in Barcelona  

Throughout the SCOW project, several capitalisation activities will be developed in order to present the project and disseminate the main results within potential interested sectors and entities, one of them is the proposal of regulatory and policy recommendations. 

A common and co-ordinated strategy and policy within the Mediterranean Basin can lead to faster adoption of measures and MSW management practises that aim to achieve the above mentioned environmental and socio-economic benefits, as well as contributing to support the North and specially Southern countries of the Mediterranean area in finding sustainable waste management solutions. This includes improved management of waste according to specific waste arisings, cultural and cooking habits and potential needs for assuring long term sustainability of agricultural land. This is set against a backdrop of increasing population and worsening effects due to climate change.

In this framework the project is launching a questionnaire addressed to all country partners and associates involved in the SCOW project, as well as to a target group of stakeholders (such as high level policy decision makers, operators, civil society groups and entities involved in MSW and biowaste management) and a selected number of qualified experts in north and southern Mediterranean countries waste management. Its aim is to survey the views of all participants and to establish a group of stakeholders and experts, representing the countries of the Mediterranean Basin, committed to detail and promote the views outlined in a “Manifesto for food waste management and strategies in the Mediterranean Basin” that is one of the target objectives of the SCOW project. 

Feedback from each participant and all the findings will be gathered as part of the content of this manifesto that will be further discussed and agreed upon during the SCOW technical workshop in Barcelona. In this event, apart from the project partners and project associates we are going to convene a group of experts in biowaste management and waste strategies and policies of the EU and Med zone.  In the morning session of the conference the results of the survey and the manifesto proposal was presented and discussed. In the afternoon a press conference took place as well as the signature of the Manifesto by the entities attending the workshop were formalized. 

Afterwards the manifesto disseminated to a wide range of stakeholders in order to be signed and joined by as many entities and experts as possible involved in this topic.

This Manifesto focuses on food waste collection and recycling, having acknowledged the priority of the strategies of source reduction, human consumption and animal feeding (reduction of food wastage) which come further up the waste hierarchy.

We acknowledge that bio-waste (mainly food waste and vegetable waste) is a strategic part of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream that has to be managed properly in order to contribute to sustainable environmental waste management, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from open-dumps and landfills. Effective recycling of bio-waste (which forms the largest fraction of the MSW stream) can turns a clean waste source into a renewable resource, easily available organic soil improver / fertilizer that can effectively improve properties of Mediterranean soils, as well as acting as a carbon sink.

We highlight the fact that bio-waste recycling is conceived as a waste treatment process that starts from separately collected bio-waste and turns it primarily into a quality compost, but also into a fuel (biogas) and digestate.

The stabilized organic waste obtained from residual waste in mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants is excluded from this strategy. Nevertheless, we recognise MBT plants as a suitable approach for residual waste treatment, especially when later converted to quality composting facilities.

Signatories to the manifesto agree on the following key points /statements and commit to promote and spread these principles when interacting with policy makers and other stakeholders as well as to incorporate and implement these strategies when possible.



The venue of the event:

 Hotel Colón (Address: Avinguda de la Catedral, 7, 08002 Barcelona). The hotel is located in the historical city center (next to the Cathedral of Barcelona). 








  • BCNecologia
  • ARC
  • ISWA
  • ECN (some notes on ECN-QAS)
  • ACR+


Presentation of the SCOW Project and Manifesto process

Presentation of PP, Associates and Experts


Coffee break


Presentation of the contributions to the survey and the draft of the Manifesto


Round table to discuss and agree the contents of the Manifesto


Lunch break


Presentation of the final Manifesto


Press conference and symbolic signature of the Manifesto


Guided tour in Barcelona


Official Dinner


----> See below the attached documents of the workshop


 Seize the opportunity

The partners will make a small tour to visit some composting/digestion facilities on the 24th February (morning and afternoon) just the day before the Barcelona workshop,In order to provide additional references 

Assessing  (according to the available time and feasible logistics) the possibility of visiting the following facilities:

Ecoparcs 1 or 2. These are huge biowaste treatment facilities with anaerobic digestion and composting. They are closer to MBT facilities for the difficulty of controlling the biological processes at those scales.

To the official website of Ecoparc, Press here

San Cugat (composting facility). This facility combine in-vessel system of “tunnels” for the fermentation stage and turning windrows for the maturation stage. The treatment capacity is about 8.000 t/year. There’s a link with some schemes of the facility (only in Catalan language).

To watch the photos from the study tour in San Cugat press here>>>

Manresa (composting facility). The interest of this site come from the combination of different systems for waste management. There is a dumping site with extraction of biogas for energy generation and also a composting facility for biowaste treatment (about 18.000 t/year). The composting system is the same that was proposed for the SCOW’s facility in the Pyrenees: static “silos” with forced aeration. Currently they are doing tests with turning windrows to improve the efficiency of the biological process for the maturation stage.

To watch the photos from the study tour in Manresa, press here>>>



To the photo gallery of the SCOW project workshop in Barcelona, press here >>>



sign the manifesto>>>


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