BIOREGIO 4th interregional event in Romania

BIOREGIO project partners and stakeholders met for the fourth time in Bucharest, Romania. It was an opportunity to share good practices of the South Muntenia region, but also of the other 5 partner regions: Finland, Slovakia, France, Spain, Greece.

Liliana Nichita, Director, Federation of Intercommunity Development Associations,Romania, our guest speaker, presented the role of the EU in creating networks and ecosystems in a circular economy of biological streams.

Partners and stakeholders had an opportunity to discuss on selected topics during thematic group discussions. The topics included: technologies for valorisation of biowaste / biological streams, designing funding for a bio-based circular economy, preparing the regional/ national strategy for circular bio-economy.

After that, a roundtable discussion about the current situation of policy development followed. Representatives from each of the six regions presented the current state of the policy development.

The second day of the 4th interregional event focused on site visits, identified as Good Practices of the South Muntenia Region.

BIOREGIO participants first visited the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pitesti, which has been rehabilitated under a project funded by the European Cohesion Fund, from the state and local budget and own contribution.

Here, sludge from wastewater is used to obtain biogas through anaerobic digestion. The biogas is stored in 3 tanks with a capacity of 1000 cubic meters and it is used to generate heat and electricity through co-generation. The heat is used to heat sludge fermentation tanks and electricity is used directly on-site.

Then, the BIOREGIO partners and stakeholders were warmly welcomed by the mayor of Mioveni and other representatives of the SC Mioveni Community Building Services at the city hall. They introduced the city and the region, the public services offered to the citizens and the environmental projects that are currently being implemented in Mioveni. After that, BIOREGIO visited the second site.

Wastewater Treatment Plant and composting Pilot Project Mioveni – Pilot Center for the composting of sludge from the domestic sewage treatment process through GoreCover technology.

The members of the BIOREGIO project got data and information on the technological and chemical process underlying the project implemented by S.Ed.C. at the Mioveni Wastewater Treatment Plant. Here is one of the most efficient and effective organic waste treatment solutions: anaerobic digestion of sludge from the wastewater treatment plant mixed with green waste, in closed installations, with a semi-permeable aeration system and membrane ePTFE – GORE System ® Cover.

The compost obtained is used on its own corn experimental lot and it is tested in terms of efficacy and soil residue – studies conducted over 3 years.

Priboieni Manure Platform – A rectangular platform, L x B = 32 x 28 m and 3,00 m height of the walls with a drainage system and a storage capacity of 2,000 ton/year of manure. It is used to recover manure from private households, turning it into compost used as fertilizer on farms and at the same time, to protect from leakage into groundwater.

It was a very intensive meeting full of interesting discussion on bio-based circular economy solutions and possibilities.