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Development of innovative biotic symbiosis for plastic biodegradation and synthesis to solve their end of life challenges in the agriculture and food industries

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 887648

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2020

  • End date

    31 May 2024

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 767 400,72

  • EU contribution

    € 4 399 362,59

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA

Spain

Objective

RECOVER is a disruptive RIA proposal built upon the actual needs to solve the contamination of agro-fields with non-biodegradable agro-plastics as well as to improve municipal waste handling by decreasing drastically the packaging fraction going to unsustainable waste management routes.

We intend to reach our ambitious objectives applying biotech solutions that will include symbiotic bioprocesses between previously reported high powered microorganisms through microbiotic systems vectored by several insect species. Indeed, one of the main innovations in our proposal is the combination of endogenous and exogenous microorganisms and their inoculation on insects. This will allow achieving higher levels of biodegradation and direct conversion (at the same time) of agri-food plastic wastes in insect by-products such as chitin, that can be converted in chitosan (high value as bioplastics raw materials and other interesting industrial applications due to anti-microbial activity) that will be used in active packaging, enhanced mulching films and biofertilizers applications.

RECOVER will help providing novel biotechnological solutions applying microorganisms, enzymes and insects to degrade conventional plastic packaging and agricultural films waste streams but also result in new feedstocks for the bio-based industries. The process will be optimized and performed either ex-situ in composting reactors (preferred route for non-recyclable plastics from municipal solid waste or for agricultural films that can be collected easily) or in-situ in the case of bioremediating soil pollution, by e.g. mulching films, further contributing to the long-term removal of non-biodegradable polymers from the environment. In addition, RECOVER can solve the microplastics pollution at the level of both industrial composting and soil.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA

Address

Carretera Sacramento Canada
04120 Almeria

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 515 475

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 403 312,50

ASOCIACIÓN AGRARIA DE JÓVENES AGRICULTORES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 415 724,50

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 456 657,98

UNIVERSIDAD MIGUEL HERNANDEZ DE ELCHE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 369 943,84

FACHHOCHSCHULE ALBSTADT-SIGMARINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 329 095,69

NATURPLAS PLASTICOS AGRICOLAS SL

Spain

ASA SPEZIALENZYME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 247 149

NUTRINSECT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 460

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 331 875

ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 428 019,08

IDELUX ENVIRONNEMENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 211 250

FEMTO ENGINEERING SRL

Italy

INGREDIENT ODYSSEY, LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 203 400

CARTON BROS

Ireland

ENCO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 287 000

SOCIEDAD ANONIMA AGRICULTORES DE LAVEGA DE VALENCIA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 887648

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2020

  • End date

    31 May 2024

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 767 400,72

  • EU contribution

    € 4 399 362,59

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA

Spain