Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Citizen engagement for transforming urban wastes to valuable products

Project Description

The Horizon 2020 project “WaysTUP!”  aims to demonstrate the establishment of new value chains for urban biowaste utilisation through a multi-stakeholder approach in line with circular economy. The project is designed to showcase a portfolio of new “urban biowaste to biobased products” processes starting from different feedstocks i.e. fish and meat waste, spent coffee grounds, household source separated biowaste, used cooking oils, etc. The processes will result in the production of food and feed additives, flavours, insect protein, coffee oil, bioethanol, biosolvents, bioplastics, etc. End-product characterisation and safety assessment will be implemented as well as Life Cycle Assessment of the value chains to assess their environmental impact.

The role of SMIT

Within WaysTUP! SMIT will develop and implement a behavioural change approach with citizens and local communities by improving the current perception of citizens and local communities on urban biowaste as a local resource, enhancing the active participation of citizens in the separate collection of urban biowaste and improving customer acceptance of urban bio-waste derived products. The project will also provide guidance to city managers on adopting new organizational models supporting the valorisation of urban biowaste, as well as evidence-based EU level policy recommendations for decision makers.