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Ainia launches the European MixMatters project for the recovery of mixed biological waste


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Ainia launches the European MixMatters project for the recovery of mixed biological waste


Ainia leads the European MixMatters project that aims to develop an integrated and versatile solution for the efficient recovery of mixed waste of biological origin.

The agri-food industry produces 113 million tons of biological waste per year in the European Union alone, Ainia explained in a statement. This waste contains valuable compounds that can be used in food, feed and cosmetics, but approximately 75% ends up in landfills or incinerators.

The challenge lies in the complexity of valorizing waste due to its mixed nature (organic matter mixed with impurities) that makes its use difficult.

The MixMatters European project presents an innovative integrated and versatile solution for efficient recovery made up of a modular separation unit and a recovery hub adapted to the type of waste.

Throughout the project, three demonstrations will be carried out in Spain, two of them located in Valencia and one in Almería. Through the separation and recovery of 48 tons of mixed biological waste, the objective is to avoid 21 tons of CO2 emissions per year during the demonstration phase.

The leader of European Projects at AINIA and coordinator of the MixMatters project, Marta Benito, has stated that "the effective classification of mixed waste plays a fundamental role in achieving the objectives of the circular economy of the EU, since it allows the recovery of complete and efficient form of these waste streams hitherto underused, promoting sustainable and economic development, both in the agri-food industry and in related industries, improving their competitiveness and resilience."

MixMatters is a four-year project with a budget of more than seven million euros, co-financed by the joint initiative Circular Bio-Based Europe (CBE) within the framework of the European program for innovation and research 'Horizon Europe 2021-2027 ' (HE). Led by Ainia, it is made up of 18 entities from eight different countries: Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom and Slovenia.