Agricultural Waste valorisation for a competitive and sustainable Regional Development


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Award Final Conference| Trani, 3 december 2015

The closing conference of the project “AWARD: Agricultural waste...

Conferenza conclusiva del progetto Award | Trani, 3 dicembre 2015

Giovedì 3 Dicembre 2015, con inizio alle ore 15.30,...


The project stems from the observation of the massive use of plastic materials in agriculture, whose disposal is a high cost for companies, besides being a serious environmental problem. The general aim of the project is, therefore, to enhance competitiveness for the agricultural companies by reducing the costs of collection and disposal of plastic wastes

The specific objectives are:

  • to introduce the use of technologies (web based GIS)
  • to promote the application of international standards in public policies and to develop common local plans and procedures
  • to test the procedures of collection through the implementation of a temporary pilot station of disposal, cleaning and re-use
  • to transfer to small agricultural businesses the innovation and technological findings
  • to raise awareness of farmers on the possibility of making value of the plastic waste stream
  • to stimulate the creation of new small businesses in the field of collection and recycling of plastic waste
  • to promote the mainstreaming of results in regional and national policies
  1. Management & Coordination
  2. Information & Publicity

2.1 Information on project developments

2.2 Development and diffusion of final product

2.3 External evaluation of the project

2.4 Continuous monitoring and reporting to MA

  1. Mapping of APW production and flows

3.1 Local PEST analysis and collection of data

3.2 Elaboration of findings on actual practices of APW management

3.3 Web-GIS for the optimization of APW flows

  1. Development of APW governance

4.1 Guidelines for the correct management of APW

4.2 Institutional coordination among stakeholders

4.3 Definition of strategic local plans and Memoranda of Understanding

  1. Piloting

5.1 Feasibility studies for the realization of collection flows and storage stations

5.2 Equipment of a temporary pilot collection station in Italy

5.3 Pilot testing of procedures for APW management developed in Italy

  1. Awareness raising and training

6.1 Opening conference of exchange of good practices and project start up

6.2 Awareness raising and information to farmers and technicians for the correct cycle of waste management

6.3 Training actions on business creation for the micro-collection and treatment of APW

  1. conferences, best practices collection, transfer of know-how from previous projects, creating a common platform of information and practices between all partners and stakeholders;
  2. statistical data and interviews of analysis to farmers and technicians regarding the practices of APW production and flows;
  3. traceability scheme for the agricultural plastics chain, using the data collected and implemented in a web-based GIS;
  4. guidelines defining standardized procedures and integrated methodologies of collection, disposal, cleaning and re-use of APW;
  5. protocol of local action plans for rational APW management, defined by public authorities, research centres and associations of farmers, with the active involvement of other stakeholders;
  6. feasibility studies for the realization of new collection and storage stations for APW, applying the pattern procedures defined;
  7. implementation of a temporary pilot station to test the procedures developed of collection, disposal, cleaning and re-use of APW;
  8. seminars and workshops of information and awareness raising of farmers on the innovation and technological findings relating to APW management, capable of reducing costs of disposal and damage to environment and production areas;

The project partners are:

  • I.F.O.A Bari Branch (Lead Partner)
  • University of the Studies of Bari
  • Province of Barletta – Andria – Trani
  • Regional Federation of Farmers Puglia
  • Municipality of Ilida
  • Innopolis – Centre for Innovation and culture