This first and introductory meeting of the Local Living Labs introduced participants to the project and presented the waste management model in the Città Metropolitana di Napoli (CMNA), also showing some local circular bioeconomy good practices and giving an overview about the local, national and European waste regulatory framework. Participants discussed the criticalities in the local management of municipal and agro-industrial biowaste as well as the strategies or good practices for collection, treatment and valorisation of this waste stream.
The following concerns emerged from the first Local Living Lab in CMNA: lack of trust of local population, lack of local biowaste treatment plants, (i.e. composting and anaerobic digestion) and scarce cooperation among the local authorities in charge of waste management and supply chain actors.
Moreover, the invited stakeholders shared potential strategies able to tackle the spotted needs for the biowaste management system in the CMNA:
- gaining trust of locals through adequate information and waste management solutions with visible environmental and economic benefits;
- revamping the existing treatment plants to make them less impactful on the environment;
- improving separate collection to reduce the amount of biowaste sent to incinerators or landfill;
- increasing the number of composting, anaerobic digestion or other added value alternatives preferring many small plants, rather than a few large ones, in order to reduce the environmental impact and allow each territory to treat its own waste internally;
- retrieving the results from past research and projects, as starting point to expand the range of available circular solutions;
- considering natural capital as an integral element of any industrial development or local waste management strategy;
- creating opportunities of industrial symbiosis to improve the local cooperation together with the implementation of new conversion process to produce added value products and
- applying circular economy actions such as prevention measures to reduce the volume of generated biowaste;
Although many actions are needed to close the loop of the waste cycle, several private companies are already implementing good circular economy practices at local level (e.g. bioplastics, cosmetics, drugs, biogas and biomethane from biowaste, or shopping bags from fabric scraps, etc.). To encourage effective dissemination of good practices, appropriate information campaigns should be organized. The increase in the number of innovative practices in the field of the circular economy would support the bio-economy sector which, already now, is worth a few billion euros in the Campania Region. Through its activities, the Biocircularcities project intends favouring the implementation of circular and innovative good practices by supporting the development of policy recommendations fostering the circular bioeconomy.
25 March 2022
10:00 am to 12:00 pm