Producing clean fuel from nappies: AMB goes deeper into the circular economy with a new project

The Área Metropolitano de Barcelona (AMB) is participating in an innovative project on a European scale which seeks to convert municipal waste into products of value, such as raw materials and fuels. Pulp waste from metropolitan plants, mainly nappies, will be converted by means of an innovative process into bioethanol, a cleaner alternative fuel. The project will also help reduce reject from the REST fraction, through the separation of currently unrecyclable waste at the AMB’s Ecopark material recovery facilities.

The AMB is participating the “WaystUp!” project, recently ratified by the European Commission. This project has the clear objective of undertaking research into innovative municipal waste recovery systems, in other words, new ways of transforming waste into resources.

As an authority with great prestige in Europe that is committed to achieving waste reduction and environmental enhancement objectives, the AMB is participating in numerous worldwide initiatives, such as the Life Methamorphosis project, devoted to generating biogas at metropolitan plants for use in vehicles. Thanks to these efforts, the AMB is now testing new processes at its proprietary facilities and “WaystUp!” is a case in point. By providing the raw materials for innovation, the AMB has put itself amongst the leading public authorities with respect to the basic concepts of sustainable waste treatment: reduction, reuse and recycling.

 The “WaystUp!” project has a total budget at European level of €11,952,090 (80% of which is funded by the European Commission). The project will last three and half years and the consortium is made up of 27 entities from 10 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Spain, Finland, the United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic and Serbia.