Partnership Agreement for the implementation of the Project titled WASTEMAN was signed on 29.10.2018r. between Project Leader Instytut Maszyn Przepływowych im. Roberta Szewalskiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk and „EKO DOLINA” Ltd.
The background of the Project was the fact that ‚The Municipal Solid Waste Management sector in the South Baltic area needs to decrease its pollution discharges from the systems of collection, treatment and utilization of municipal waste resources. Further, the Municipalities in the South Baltic area needs to change their Waste Management from linear to circular systems, to ensure the effective recycling of waste resources from households, institutions and enterprises. The project addresses the needed change of the MSWM sector in the South Baltic. The main objective of the project is to implement Integrated Sustainable Waste Management systems that will decrease the pollution from the waste management sector and at the same time ensure the effective recycling of municipal waste resources. The project implements Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) systems in the MSWM sector through three main outputs that addresses the three basic objectives of the ISWM system:
A) Working together with multiple stakeholders,
B) Building a stable service value chain
C) Enabling sustainable value aspects.
The first output is a Design Manual for co-design of ISWM systems which supports the building of design strategies in cooperation with the municipal stakeholders of the South Baltic area. The second output is a comprehensive package of innovative User Applications for integrated, sustainable recycling of municipal waste fractions. The User Applications represents user oriented innovative solutions, integrating the value chain of collection, treatment and utilization of waste resources. The third output is a Management Toolbox which comprises management guidelines and casestories, which represents a framework for implemetation and dissemination of the ISWM model. The complete ISWM systems will be produced in a cross border cooperation ensuring a circular change in the South Baltic area. The technology and management system exchange provides added value from the Partners through the cross-border cooperation.
The total eligible budget of the Project amounts 1 511 550 euro and cofinancing of European Regional Development Fund Interreg South Baltic Programme is 1 228 636 euro.

On the grounds of the Regional Installation of Municipal Waste Treatment EKO DOLINA, as part of the project implementation, a research laboratory was built to study the impact of effective microorganisms on the biological degradation process of selectively collected „bio” waste (two types of waste: kitchen waste coming from households and green waste), depending on the results of the tests, the „bio” waste coming from the mixed municipal waste, sorted out at the EKO DOLINA sorting plant may also be tested. The tests are carried out under anaerobic conditions with the presence of properly selected bacterial strains.
The purpose of the research is to determine whether in an anaerobic process fertilizer can be produced from the aforementioned waste which, if the legal quality requirements are met, can be placed on the market. In addition, the aim of the research is also to determine whether the waste subjected to the process of anaerobic digestion will have appropriate parameters for subjecting it to methane fermentation. The research will also cover the leachate produced at the EKO DOLINA plant.
The laboratory is located in two containers connected with longer walls. The building consists of two laboratory rooms, a lobby, and a toilet. The facility meets all the requirements for human presence.
Laboratory equipment includes:
– total organic carbon (OWO) analyzer
– set for determining the respiratory activity of microorganisms
– waste mill
– thermostatic chamber
– dryer
– waste incineration furnace
– sampling equipment
– an analyzer for the determination of pH, REDOX potential, conductivity
– other small laboratory equipment
Some parts of the research, for example, about the gases generated in the conducted tests are performed at the Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery in Gdansk.

Summary of the project

Main achievements of the project

Wasteman Project Final Conference

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