The EU’s transition to a more sustainable and circular economy relies also on efforts to minimise the generation of waste. A more circular plastics economy plays a key role in this transition.

RECOVER is an innovative biotic symbiosis for plastic biodegradation and synthesis, designed to solve their end of life challenges in the agriculture and food industries.

RECOVER scales up an innovative biotech solution for the non-recyclable plastic packaging and agricultural films waste streams, based on the combination of plastic-degrading microorganisms, novel enzymes, earthworms and insects resulting in new feedstocks, chitin and chitosan for plastics and coatings, new fertilizers for the primary sector and bio-based industries.

The process will be optimized for the ex-situ treatment of plastics waste in composting reactors and insects rearing chambers or in-situ for the bioremediation of soil pollution, contributing to the long-term removal of non-biodegradable polymer and micro plastic from the environment.

RECOVER can solve the microplastics pollution at the level of both industrial composting and soil.

Recover concept

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 Project Coordinator

  • Universitad de Almeria, Spain


Project Partners

  • Università di Pisa, Italy
  • Asociación Agraria de Jóvenes Agricultores, Spain
  • Brunel University London, UK
  • Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche, Spain
  • Fachhochschule Albstadtsigmaringen, Germany
  • Naturplas Plasticos Agricolas SL, Spain
  • ASA Spezialenzyme GmbH, Germany
  • Nutrinsect Srl, Italy
  • Iris Technology Solutions SL, Spain
  • Organic Waste Systems NV, Belgium
  • Idelux Environnement, Belgium
  • Femto Engineering Srl, Italy
  • Ingredient Odyssey LDA, Portugal
  • Carton Bros, Ireland
  • ENCO Srl, Italy
  • Sociedad Anonima Agricultores de Lavega de Valencia SAV, Spain


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