Rethinking municipal solid waste management is a central element in the transition to a circular and bio-economy. Yet, this remains a significant challenge for many European cities. A successful implementation of a circular and bio-economy needs to account for a reduction in the amount of (bio)waste deposited in landfills while enhancing the share of (bio)waste that can be returned to the system after recycling.

In the course of four years, the SCALIBUR project worked together with a wide array of stakeholders to inspire a revolution in urban (bio)waste recycling in Europe. Leading waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations have teamed up with four European cities – Lund (Sweden), Madrid (Spain), Albano Laziale (Italy) and Kozani (Greece) – and demonstrated innovative solutions to transform urban food waste and sewage sludge into value-added products. The project has helped European cities to improve their (bio)waste collection, transport, sorting and pre-treatment, and enhance local stakeholders’ and citizens’ awareness, contributing to the creation of new circular economy business opportunities.

At the final event, “Breaking barriers for getting the most out of biowaste: From smart collection to innovative valorisation”, the project team and partners will share insights, lesson learned and main results of the SCALIBUR project. The conference will be a chance to discuss future prospects with the participating companies, the cities as well as SCALIBUR’s sister projects, VALUEWASTE and WaySTUP.

The SCALIBUR team invites actors from the hospitality sector, retail companies, policymakers, researchers, investors and all other actors involved in (bio)waste management to join the event! Find further details on the SCALIBUR website!

Event: “Breaking barriers for getting the most of biowaste: From smart collection to innovative valorisation”
Date:  19 October 2022
Time: 09:00-17:45 (CET)
Place: Valencia, Spain & Online
Language: English
Cost: Free of charge

The event will be hybrid, held in-person in Valencia, Spain but also online. Please register for the event here.

For further questions, please contact Francesca Grossi.

Since 2020, the project has been working with entrepreneurs in North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany (NRW) to develop a wide range of ideas and strategies on how to implement the twin transformation to a digital and sustainable economy. On 20 October 2022, the project team along with Mona Neubaur, NRW Minister of Economic Affairs, will share key learnings and how those could benefit other companies to transform.

At the event, you will learn first-hand from innovative companies what competitive advantages a sustainable orientation of your digital strategy can bring and how digital technologies can practically support the implementation of mega trends such as the Circular Economy or New Work.

Through an ‘interactive gallery walk’, you will get a taste for workshop concepts developed within the project that can support entrepreneurs to develop and implement digitalisation strategies that are driven by purpose.

An example is the Profile Check, a workshop format that helps companies to assess their positioning within action fields such as sustainable business models, new work methods, or digital skills.

Another one focuses on digitalisation as an enabler for the Circular Economy and supports companies to discover how digital technologies can work in favour of circular solutions along the value chain.

In addition, the project team and frontrunner companies in sustainable digitalisation will offer deep dives on topics such as digital leadership, digitalisation as an enabler for Circular Economy, and digital business models to foster sustainability.

Event: Crisis is always? – How sustainable digitalisation becomes the key to competitive success in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Date: 20 October 2022
Time: 17:30-21:00
Place: Design Offices, Düsseldorf
Language: German
Cost: Free of charge


Join us – register now!

For additional details, please go to the project website.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

Durable, light, low-cost and with good barrier properties – flexible plastics are a leading material in packaging applications in consumer goods, construction, and agriculture. However, their reuse potential is limited, making flexible plastics a drain on Europe’s resources and a serious pollution threat. This is why innovative solutions are needed in order to keep them in the loop for as long as possible.

As part of the Circular Week 2022, our session “Flexible Plastics in Europe’s Circular Economy” gives an overview of the current management practices as well as viewpoints to increase circularity of flexible plastics on a European scale in the future – register for the event to join the discussion!

This session will be based on a report of our ETC/CE project with the same title, which will be shared during the event. The report includes policies and initiatives that seek to improve the circularity of flexible plastics across sectors. The participants will have the opportunity to hear about the main insights and learnings from the report as well as reflect and discuss with experts on related implications and leverage points for a more sustainable and circular plastics system in Europe.

Date: 05 October
Time: 14:00-15:00 CET
Format: Online
Language: English

For details on the programme and to register for the session, please go here.

The webinar is organised within the framework of the Circular Week, an international campaign aimed at promoting circular solutions.

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.


A geodesic dome is not simply an amazing geometric structure made of triangles that together form a dome. In fact, the support-free space that the dome provides can be used in countless creative ways. This is why in urban areas geodesic domes are being used more and more as greenhouses, mediation spaces, or meeting rooms for community gatherings. As part of our Gläserne Werkstatt project and together with different local actors, we will host a how-to-build-a-geodesic-dome workshop on 23-25 September 2022 in Solingen, Germany. The goal is not only to create a geodesic dome as a space that citizens of Solingen can use in the future but also to teach and empower the workshop participants to recreate geodesic dome in other places.

As a place for quality and sustainability in the Bergische Städtedreieck, the “Gläserne Werkstatt” also stands for innovative thinking, new products, and networking.

The workshop is particularly aimed at people who would like to recreate a geodesic dome, for example in schools, in an urban gardening project or in community gardens. Most of the steps do not require any previous craft knowledge, so the participants can easily learn how to use a handsaw and a screwdriver during the construction. Individual construction stages are somewhat more complex, therefore basic technical knowledge and experience in woodworking are required for independent reconstruction.

Are you interested in getting to know and help to build a structure that can be used in many interesting ways? Register now! Participation is free of charge, but there is a limited number of available spots.

Event: Let’s Build a Geodesic Dome Workshop
Date: 23 – 25 September 2022
Place: Gläserne Werkstatt, Hauptstr. 61-63 (pedestrian zone), 42651 Solingen
Language: German
Cost: Free of charge

For additional information and to register, please go here.

The Gläserne Werkstatt is a joint initiative of the city of Solingen, the Wirtschaftsförderung (Economic Development Agency), the Handelsverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (Trade Association NRW), the Forum für Soziale Innovationen (Forum for Social Innovation) and the CSCP.

The project „Urbane Produktion im Bergischen Städtedreieck – Wettbewerbsfähigkeit, Innovation, Quartiersentwicklung /Die Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen – Produzieren, Partizipieren und Profitieren im Bergischen Städtedreieck” (“Urban Production in the Bergisches Städtedreieck – Competitiveness, Innovation and City Quarter Development”/Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen – Producing, Participating, Profiting”) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

For further questions, please contact Jennifer Wiegard.