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Turning food waste into sustainable soil improvers for better soil health and improved food systems

HORIZON-MISS-2022-SOIL-01-02 101112708

Duration: 1. 6. 2023–1. 6. 2027

Coordinator at ZRS Koper: Maja Podgornik, PhD

Project’s budget: 6.999.461,25 EUR

Participating Institute at ZRS Koper: The Institute for Oliveculture

Partners’ organizations:

Partners’ organizations: The 27 partners and 1 associated partner supporting this project proposal are forming a transdisciplinary partnership across 10 European countries.

Project Summary:

Waste4Soil envisions the development of 10 technological and methodological solutions for recycling food processing residues from the food industry into local, biobased circular soil improvers for improved soil health. A user-driven standardised Evaluation Framework will support stakeholders from the food value chain, including waste managers, to assess their status towards food processing residues circularity and take action for recycling suitable waste streams into beneficial soil improvers. To ensure coinnovation and collaborative research, Waste4Soil will setup 7 Soil Health Living Labs across Europe, in Greece, Finland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia, to study the valorisation of 8 types of food processing residues (i.e., meat, fish, dairy, cereals, olive oil, beverages (wine), fruits and vegetables, and processed food).