On the 28th of May, the organisations of EUROCITIES, Municipal Waste Europe, European Compost Network, City of Oslo and the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy organised the workshop “The road to an urban bioeconomy: Barriers and solutions to closing the loop of bio-resources” in Brussels with more than 70 participants. The participants identified and discussed different barriers and possible solutions to help cities to a better management of bio-resources.
Europe has taken an important first step in its ambition to achieve a circular bioeconomy by agreeing new rules for separate bio-waste collection and recycling. This is a significant milestone for the composting, anaerobic digestion sectors and bio-refineries, which are now poised to play a pivotal role in transforming bio-wastes into valuable products such as compost, renewable energy and bio-based products such as chemicals and plastics. As only about one-third of Europe’s bio-waste is currently recycled, this presents a momentous opportunity for the sector to invest in new infrastructure, manufacture sustainable products and create an additional 50 000 jobs within a European circular bioeconomy.
As an outcome of the roundtable discussion at the workshop 9 recommendations were identified to achieve the new agreed bio-waste targets.
ECN_MWE_URBAN_EUROCITIES_Joint Recommendations on Circular Economy_final .pdf