The GISWASTE Life project offers an IT tool which assists users in choosing the option which makes best use of vegetable, meat, and dairy by-products from the agrifood sector, rather than treating them as waste products. This project focuses on recovery alternatives in two specific areas: the generation of biogas and animal feed production.


Every day in Europe thousands of tonnes of food subproducts end up as waste because they are not put to use. The agrifood sector of the Basque Autonomous Community generates annually 4 million tonnes of organic material, by-products and waste; 113,000 tonnes are vegetable, meat and dairy waste, which has a high content in nutrients and compounds, and which could become raw material again, as ingredients for animal feed or for obtaining biofuels.

Experts calculate that at least 70% of this waste can be recovered. Though recovering is of little use if there is no demand for the new product in the market. The issue can be summarised with the following question: How can we know if it is feasible to recover a product at the location and in the conditions it is produced in?

The European GISWASTE project seeks to provide the

answer to this question. It is participated in by the

European Union’s Life project and is led by the consortium coordinated by the AZTI-Tecnalia centre, with the collaboration of the companies Geograma, LKS and the Basque Government’s Public Society for Environmental Management, Ihobe.

A tool for making decisions

The GISWASTE project aims to establish a methodology and a tool that determines the viability and feasibility of each case’s recycling options. A tool to prioritise the recycling alternatives, based on GIS geoinformation technology.