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Force project: food and biowaste

The FORCE project aims to minimise the leakage of materials from the linear economy and work towards a circular economy. The four cities involved in the project, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon and Genoa engage enterprises, citizens and academia in 16 participatory value chain based partnerships to create and develop eco-innovative solutions. Each city establishes a lead partnership for one of the four materials: plastic waste, strategic metals from electronic and electric equipment, surplus food and biowaste, and wood waste. Each city establishes three local partnerships for the other materials. The City of Copenhagen is going to survey three wet central sorting technologies and source separated bio-waste from a limited area of around 200 households in blocks of flats. The ambition is to find a technology that can produce a nutrient-rich product to be used by farmers. The City of Hamburg investigates the measures that can increase the participation of citizens in separating bio-waste within the housing industry, and thus, the available volume of bio-waste for tenants. A variety of equipment for separation of bio-waste and information will be offered to lessors, tenants and owners to overcome existing obstacles as the lack of space, social background etc. The City of Lisbon sets up a broad network of stakeholders from the food value chain (donors, redistributors and beneficiaries), and make them commit to the challenge of food waste and the online network. The partnership is going to develop and demonstrate the effects of an App/IT tool that supports the online network and integrates the two activities: food waste prevention and bio-waste source separation and is also going to disseminate the App/IT tool and the ‘User Manual Guide’ to the users. Moreover, Lisbon conducts food waste reduction and source separation campaigns (door-to-door and digital/online).