This process will use waste vegetable oil and organic wastes (pre-conditioned food waste) as the feedstock, and presents many advantages in terms of flexibility of scale and delocalisation at regional and local level, flexibility of feedstock, quality and reproducibility of products independent of feedstock.
The process is also well suited to poor quality waste organic feedstocks (sewage sludge, paper industry residues, the organic fraction of municipal solid waste, anaerobic digestate and others) which are high in moisture and ash contents.
WASTE VEGETABLE OIL
Used vegetable oils can be recycled as feedstock for biofuel production. A renewable fuel can be produced from waste vegetable oils such as rape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil and also used cooking oil or animal fats.
Bio-waste is defined as biodegradable garden and park waste, food and kitchen waste from households, restaurants, caterers and retail premises, and comparable waste from food processing plants. MORE
Some 88 million tonnes of food are wasted in the EU every year, equivalent to 173 kilos per person. Not only is this a waste or resources, it also contributes to climate change.
Food is lost and wasted along the whole supply chain from farms to processing and manufacturing to shops, restaurants and at home. However most of the food in the EU is wasted by households with 53% and processing with 19%. MORE
Sludge originates from the process of treatment of waste water.
Although at Community level the reuse of sludge accounts for about 40% of the overall sludge production, landfilling as well as incineration in some Member States are the most widely used disposal outlets despite their environmental drawbacks. MORE
Digestate is the residue from the anaerobic digestion process and can be composted and use for similar purpose as compost, thus improving overall resource recovery from waste.
COM(2008) 811 final, GREEN PAPER On the management of bio-waste in the European Union