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A DECentralIzed management Scheme for Innovative Valorization of urban biowastE

Project description

A circular revolution for urban waste management

The rapid growth of cities brings with it an increasing demand for energy, food, and efficient waste management systems. In this context, the EU-funded DECISIVE project aims to transform urban waste management into a circular economy. By implementing innovative solutions, such as decentralised management networks and eco-designed fermentation processes, DECISIVE seeks to address the logistical, environmental, and health impacts of waste management in urban areas. This paradigm shift will foster integration between urban and peri-urban areas. The project aims to shift from an import-reliant and externally managed waste system to a cooperative network that enables decentralised valorisation of biowaste. With its comprehensive approach, the project promises to revolutionise waste management for the benefit of growing cities worldwide.


The growing attractiveness of cities leads to increasing population, thus rising energetic and food demands in urban areas. This makes urban waste management increasingly challenging, both in terms of logistics and environmental or health impacts. To decrease the cities’ environmental impacts and to contribute to a better resilience of urban areas towards energy or food supply crisis, waste management systems have to be improved to increase recycling of resources and local valorization. In this context, the DECISIVE project proposes to change the present urban metabolism for organic matter (foods, plants, etc.), energy and biowaste to a more circular economy and to assess the impacts of these changes on the whole waste management cycle. Thus, the challenge will be to shift from a urban “grey box”, implying mainly goods importation and extra-urban waste management, to a cooperative organization of intra- and peri-urban networks enabling circular local and decentralised valorization of biowaste, through energy and bioproducts production. Such a new waste management paradigm is expected to increase the sustainability of urban development by: (1) promoting citizens awareness about waste costs and values; (2) promoting renewable energy production and use in the city; (3) developing an industrial ecology approach that can promote the integration between urban and peri-urban areas, by providing valuable agronomic by-products for urban agriculture development and so improving the balance of organic products and waste in the city; (4) developing new business opportunities and jobs. In order to achieve these objectives, the project DECISIVE will develop and demonstrate, at real scale, eco-innovative solutions addressed to waste operators and public services, consisting in: (1) a decision support tool to plan, design and assess efficient decentralised management networks for biowaste in urban areas; (2) eco-designed solid-state fermentation processes. Moreover in parallel of real scale demonstration sites, an eco-designed new micro-anaerobic digestion process will be developed and tested.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 313 490,60
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Total cost
€ 1 313 490,60

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