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The LIFE ANADRY Project culminated successfully the workshop about management of urban waste and circular economy

The Department of Environment and Hydraulic Works of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa participated in the Life ANADRY Conference "Management of urban waste and circular economy: initiatives and challenges" organized by Ceit-IK4 on 18 October 2018 in Donostia / San Sebastián. The meeting brought together various agents involved in waste management and it addressed issues such as sludge management and it also presented new technologies for the circular management of urban waste. The presentation of the seminar was given by the Deputy for the Environment, José Ignacio Asensio, the President of Ceit-IK4, José María Rodríguez-Ibabe and the Director of the Water and Health Division of Ceit-IK4, Enrique Aymerich.


José Ignacio Asensio, Regional Deputy of Environmental and Hydraulic in Gipuzkoa, explained that the Department wants to move forward in the direction of improving the environment, promoting the circular economy and seeking mitigation and adaptation to climate change. He also pointed out that "Gipuzkoa has achieved a breakthrough with selective collection, now it is time to make waste new raw materials to create wealth and employment". In this regard, he pointed out that, with initiatives such as the recycling cluster and the infrastructure of the Environmental Complex of Gipuzkoa, which will start operating in 2019, "in Gipuzkoa we should aspire to double size of the recycling sector to reach 10,000 jobs " Asensio concluded his remarks by making a call to the society of Gipuzkoa and to companies in the sector to join forces and transform waste and climate change into opportunities for creating wealth and employment in a more sustainable Gipuzkoa.


The President of Ceit-IK4 stressed in his speech about the management of urban solid waste and sludge generated in urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) faces significant challenges to adapt to the circular economy model as demanded by the European Union. The event presented innovative technological solutions that arise from the cooperation between industry, administration and technology centers. The management of urban solid waste (MSW) and sludge generated in urban WWTPs have major challenges in the framework of the circular economy according to the guidelines set by the European Union in recent years. The adaptation to this new context, where waste is valued as a source of resources, involves the adoption of technological solutions that allow the recovery of energy or materials from such waste in a viable and sustainable manner.


The Director of the Environment, Mónica Pedreira, framed her presentation on the Gipuzkoa Klima 2050 strategy to combat climate change. In line with the European objectives in this area, it is aimed to reduce 40% of emissions, achieve a 27% use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency in this same percentage, all before the year 2030. These challenges will require major efforts, but the fight against climate change must also be seen as an opportunity to boost the circular economy. The Regional Director stated that throughout these years, there has been a lot of work in terms of recycling, from percentages below 20% at the beginning of the year 2000 to an improvement close to 50%, at the moment. What was buried a few years ago in landfills is now recycled, such as organic matter that is nowadays composted and in the very near future will be used as recovered energy.


Pedreira also spoke about the new Waste Management Plan of Gipuzkoa (PIGRUG 2019-2030), which aims to close the cycle of recycling and waste recovery, setting 70% as a goal to be achieved. (LINK)


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Conference on urban waste management and circular economy: Challenges & Initiatives

The management of urban solid waste and the generated sludge in urban treatment plants face important challenges in the framework of the circular economy according to the guidelines set in the European Union in recent years. The adaptation to this new context, where waste is valued as a source of resources, goes through the adoption of technological solutions to recover energy or materials in a viable and sustainable manner. This conference brings together public-private actors involved in the management of sludge and urban solid waste where it shows innovative technological solutions that arise from the close collaboration between industry, administration and technology centers or universities. The event will be in Spanish. For further information, check the offficial website of the event.

❗Free registrations with a completed application

  18 October

 Donostia / San Sebastiá[...]

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New Article (in Spanish): LIFE-ANADRY project: evaluation of a pre-industrial dry digestion prototype for the treatment of urban WWTP sludge

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M. Esteban-Gutiérrez1,2, E. Aymerich1,2, J. Garcia-Aguirre1,2, L. Pastor3, J.E. Sánchez-Ramírez3, S. Doñate3, C. Lardín4, R. Romaguera5
1.- Ceit, Manuel Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia / San Sebastián, (Spain). 
2.- Universidad de Navarra, Tecnun, Manuel Lardizabal 13, 20018 Donostia / San Sebastián, (Spain).
3.- Depuración de Aguas del Mediterráneo (DAM). Avenida Benjamín Franklin, 21. 46980 Parque Tecnológico, Paterna, Valencia (Spain).
4.- Entidad de Saneamiento de la Región de Murcia (ESAMUR). Complejo de Espinardo - Ctra. N-301 C/Santiago Navarro, 4 1a Planta 30.100 Espinardo, Murcia (Spain). 
5.- Ingeniería y Desarrollos Renovables (INDEREN). Av. Artal de Foces, 46290 Alcàsser, València (Spain).
Artículo publicado en el XIII Congreso de META 2018 en León
En este trabajo se presentan los resultados de la implantación de la digestión anaerobia seca como alternativa de tratamiento para lodos de estaciones depuradoras de aguas residuales (EDAR) urbanas que no cuentan con digestión anaerobia. Estos resultados están enmarcados dentro del proyecto europeo LIFE-ANADRY (ENV/ES/000524), cuyo objetivo es demostrar la viabilidad técnica, económica y ambiental de la tecnología de digestión seca en EDAR urbanas de tamaño mediano y/o pequeño (<100.000 hab. eq.).
Concretamente, este estudio recoge la evaluación de la operación de un prototipo pre-industrial de 20 m3, cuyo diseño permite la mezcla completa de lodo deshidratado y que cuenta con una caldera dual para el aprovechamiento del biogás. Se ha evaluado la implementación de la digestión seca en temperatura mesófila (35oC) y termófila (55oC), bajo condiciones de operación distintas en relación a la carga orgánica volumétrica (COV) y el tiempo de retención (TR).
En línea con los objetivos del proyecto, se ha valorado el rendimiento del proceso en términos de eliminación de materia volátil, producción de biogás y metano, y en términos de higienización, cuestiones clave para demostrar la viabilidad de la alternativa planteada.
Es destacable que el seguimiento del prototipo LIFE-ANADRY refleja rendimientos superiores operando en rango mesófilo de temperatura a un TR de 20 días, lo que indica una mejora considerable respecto a la operación a 55oC.
Asimismo, se ha comprobado la higienización del lodo obtenido en términos de eliminación de E. coli y Salmonella spp., contemplados en la Orden AAA/1072/2013.  (ENLACE)


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LIFE ANADRY at SWAT5 conference

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The 5th International Conference on Small and Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants (SWAT5) took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from August 26 to August 29, 2018. The conference was organized by the Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Food Technology Department and Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.

The main conference goal was to present the best drinking water and/or wastewater treatment techniques, especially those related to small municipalities, communities, settlements, hotels or industrial plants, based on environmental, financial, technical and social criteria such as our project Life-ANADRY.

Life-ANADRY was presented in the conference during the posters session by UT SEMIDE. The main participants of the conference were representing the scientific community such as professionals, researchers, engineers and environmentalists. For more information, please check the official website.


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Life-ANADRY has joined the cluster of Biorefine

Biorefine , wastewater , Innovation , cluster , anaerobic digestion , irrigation , resource recovery , circular economy

The Biorefine Cluster Europe interconnects projects and people within the domain of biobased resource recovery, striving to contribute to a more sustainable resource management. 

The competence focus lies within the biorefinery sector: the refinement of chemicals, materials, energy and products from biobased waste streams. It can be subdivided in four categories: 

  • Biobased (waste)streams as an input for the circular economy
  • Bioprocesses
  • Sustainable bio-energy production in its various shapes and forms 
  • Resource Recovery: extracting minerals, chemicals, water and materials from biomass

Life-ANADRY project has joined the cluster as an active project, you may check our profile here.[...]

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The general director of Water visits Alguazas WWTP and LIFE ANADRY project

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The works of the Alguazas water treatment plant have been completed and will provide 1,200 cubic hectometres of reclaimed water to the irrigators in the region which is an area of ​​1,521 hectares.

The general director of Water, Sebastián Delgado, accompanied by members of the municipal corporation of Alguazas, visited the facility and reported that "this volume of water is in an excellent quality, the plant, built in 2014 and with capacity to serve a population of 162,000 inhabitants, already has tertiary treatment. "

The actions in this purifying station, in which 200,000 euros have been invested, have allowed to increase its energy efficiency. The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries will allocate 2 million euros until 2019 in actions in 20 municipalities "with the aim of saving energy costs in the operation of each plant, by installing photovoltaic energy."

In Alguazas WWTP, Life-Anadry project is developed as an alternative for the management and treatment of sludge  which is co-financed by the European Union within the Life program.

The technology is based on a pre-industrial scale design composed of a 20 cubic meter cylindrical reactor with capacity to treat up to three tons per day of sewage sludge. During the project, different temperature conditions (mesophilic and thermophilic) are studied and the performance in terms of stabilization, sanitation and biogas production is being currently determined. (link)


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Life-ANADRY at Meta 2018 “XIII Spanish Congress of Water Treatment”

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The META network gathered researchers and professionals, related to the water sector, at the “XIII Congreso Español de Tratamiento de Aguas”  (XIII Spanish Congress of Water Treatment) on 18-20 June 2018 in León, Spain. The meeting was an opportunity to continue advancing the knowledge and experiences related to water management.

The main implementation results of the LIFE ANADRY project were presented on Tuesday, 19th June 2018, by Ceit-IK4.[...]

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LIFE-ANADRY performs networking activities with other Life projects

On 5th June 2018, members from the projects of Life-Anadry, LIFE Ammonia Trapping and LIFE IN-BRIEF had a networking activity in Alguazas, Murcia. During this activity, the participants had a chance to exchange & present the progress of the projects, results & good practices.
Life-ANADRY consortium is performing networking activities with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects in order to exchange experiences, best practices and establish synergies. To read the full list of these projects, visit this page: [link

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Life-ANADRY at Sludge Management in Circular Economy (SMICE2018)!

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From 23rd -25th May 2018, Sludge Management in Circular Economy (SMICE2018)  conference took place in Rome, Italy. SMICE2018 is part of the IWA Specialist Group on Sludge Management (SGSM) conference series, conceived as an international forum discussing state-of-art, practical applications and problems around sewage sludge. Sewage sludge management problems are common all over the world and best solutions, according to affordable costs, have to be suited to specific territorial contexts. Europe is now world promoter for the transition from the linear to the circular economy. Six new directives are about to be approved by the European Parliament and this will drive Member States to the adoption of new strategies and politics to maximize waste recycling. 

Life-ANADRY was presented at the event by DAM to show the benefits of the dry anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge as a valuable alternative to conventional process.[...]

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