In order to build a strong exchange between the Lighthouses Cities and Regions involved in the project and the members of its network, the HOOP project launched monthly 30 minute exchanges about the urban circular bioeconomy, involving an expert from the HOOP team who will share information and practical solutions. The first episode presented the technologies that the HOOP Lighthouse Cities and Regions are developing with the goal to recover valuable resources from biowaste to make bio-based products. Participants dived into collection strategies, bio-products to feed animals, revalorisation of the residue produced in a composting plant, valorisation of streams from biogas production, high-value products from urban wastewater sludge, and also valorisation of coffee grounds and used cooking oil.

The second episode focused on how to actively involve and commit citizens in food waste collection. BIR, the company managing municipal waste of the HOOP Lighthouse City Bergen in Norway, explained how it promotes citizen awareness and engagement in circular economy, leading to significant improvements in waste separation.

The monthly exchanges are open only to members of the HOOP Network of Cities and Regions, which gather public authorities, and waste management and wastewater treatment companies around Europe.

Members of the HOOP Network of Cities and Regions are invited to a two-day study tour in the HOOP Lighthouses Almere (NL) and Munster (DE). The tour will consist in visits of biowaste sorting and treatment facilities, including organic waste sorting, anaerobic digestion of the organic fraction, digestate composting, and also of the Almereā€™s innovative pilot projects to transform aquatic plants into paper and other bio-based products. Furthermore, the tour includes exchanges with HOOP Lighthouses and partners when you will be able to discuss your current projects and challenges. More details, including agenda here.

 If you want to join the HOOP Network, click here

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