CircBioCityWaste Industry & Research Workshop

As part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2023, stakeholders from industry, research and government joined a workshop ‘Transforming Urban Wastes into Value Add Fertiliser and BioProducts‘ hosted by the CircBioCityWaste team at University of Limerick. 

The CircBioCityWaste project is a collaboration between ShannonABC at Munster Technological University, University of Limerick, Technological University Dublin, University College Cork, Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South-West and Industry partner Glanua. 

The project builds upon prior state-of-the art research, and aims at delivering a number of outcomes including, developing technologies to produce three agrochemicals from urban biowaste, opening up new possibilities for their production and marketing on large scale in Ireland,  generation of clean bioenergy replacing fossil fuels and the de-carbonisation of urban biowaste management. The project is supported by Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 

The November workshop was hosted by Professor JJ Leahy and Dr Marzena Kwapinska at University of Limerick, and was attended by companies, researchers from various Institutes and County Councils – all looking to navigate the next frontier in circular bioeconomy. 

Workshop Agenda

Research Updates

The project is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Gaurav Rajuria, based at UCC. Along with senior colleagues from MTU, UL and TUD and their PhD teams they shared updates and insights from the various work packages including:

  • Valorisation pathways for WWTP and dairy processing sludges  
  • Food waste behavioral data in households
  • Latest innovations in biofertilisers and biostimulants
  • Updates from the EU Fertilizing Products Regulation 

Industry Panel

Catriona Power, Manager of the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South-West hosted a panel discussion reflecting on the research findings and further needs of policy and industry in bringing about a circular economy in Ireland. The panelists were: 

  • Dr. Fabio Bacci, Innovation Manager, Glanua
  • Aoife Kyne, Wastewater and Sludge Specialist, Uisce Eireann 
  • Dr. Pauline McDonagh, Senior Scientist, Southern Waste Region
  • Professor J.J Leahy, University of Limerick