Bio-waste reduction and recovery

Bio-waste reduction and recovery - towards sustainable and circular management.

Around 40% of urban waste produced is Bio-waste, including food waste and green waste (biodegradable waste from gardens and parks).

Bio-waste prevention and recovery plays an important role closing nutrient loop, preserving biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and materializing a sustainable bioeconomy.
As such, these aspects are particularly relevant in different European and National strategic documents (Green Deal,PNGR - National Waste Management Plan, PERSU 2020+, Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality 2050).

LIPOR is a pioneer and benchmark institution in bio-waste recovery in Portugal. LIPOR's action is based on a circular approach for bio-waste that includes the following areas:
  • Reduction at the source and reuse - Aims to act at the level of food waste by reducing it or by referring excess food and/or promoting its consumption. Includes the Embrulha and Dose Certa projects and monitoring of different entities such as Banco Alimentar, Fruta Feia, GoodAfter, Refood, Too Good To Go and Zero Desperdício.
  • Local treatment - Aims to treat bio-waste at the source. Includes projects for household and community composting and green waste composting parks.
  • Centralized treatment - Aims for selective collection and recovery of bio-waste. The collected bio-waste is recovered at LIPOR's Composting Plant (CVO) through the tunnel composting process, producing Nutrimais compost.

The entire LIPOR bio-waste operation is based on a strategy of raising awareness and environmental education and on the permanent commitment to Research and Innovation, promoting the development and implementation of circular solutions.

Explore the links above to find out more about our bio-waste prevention and recovery strategy and the projects currently underway.
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