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Organic waste valorisation in the Mediterranean Technology Park

This project aims to meet the need for treatment of organic waste generated in the Mediterranean Technology Park (PMT). It is a Seed Project funded by the Sustainability Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC).


The PMT is a science and technology park set up by the Catalan government, the Regional Council of the Baix Llobregat, the Castelldefels City Council and the UPC. It is located on the UPC’s Baix Llobregat Campus, together with the Barcelona School of Agricultural Engineering (ESAB) and the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC).


The project is carried out by administrative staff, teaching and research staff, and students of the ESAB, in collaboration with members of the EETAC and experts in the field, and is in agreement with the university's environmental policy and regional laws on solid waste management.


The overall objective is to implement a separate collection system for the organic fraction, in addition to raising awareness among the community of the PMT and involving it in the activity. The project has two stages: separate collection of organic waste generated by the campus restaurant and treatment of part of the organic fraction in 330-litre composters.


Quantifying the organic fraction is an important factor for determining the daily and yearly amounts generated. Part of the organic fraction has been composted with plant waste and two batches of compost have been produced since the beginning of the project. The quantification was carried out by ESAB students on grants as part of their bachelor’s theses.


Scope: Regional
Funded by: Diputació de Barcelona and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Llavors de Sostenibilitat 2010)

Principal Investigator (PI): Xavier Martínez Farré.