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AREFLH is a partner of Waste4Soil project “Turning food waste into sustainable soil improvers for better soil health and improved food system”.

The project aims at developing applicable recycling technical pathways to transform Food Processing Residues (FPR) into improvers, through a circular, system and multi-actor approach. All food chain actors are involved at the regional level, thereby closing specific loops (nutrients, organic matter, water).


On 13 Mars 2024 LAB University of Applied Science has organized the kick-off of the Finnish Living Lab in the province of the Päijät-Häme. It was held in the LAB showroom in the city of Lahti campus.

The main focus of the Living Lab will be on fish-based side streams, the other two side streams oat husk and mash from the brewery industry will be considered in the next phase:

  •  One in the recognized bottlenecks is related to insufficient raw material supply. Volumes are often too low for profitable activity.


  • The other one is related to fertilizer legislation. Farmers are related to fertilizer legislation. Farmers are insecure about the unclear regulations and constant updates are difficult to follow. That is why they don’t necessarily act.


The project will set up 7 Living-Labs in the different EU regions, which will allow to have practical and concrete results, directly managed by the key actors of an area and suitable to various contexts. They are located in several macro-regions: Nordic Baltic (Finland and Poland), Danube & Balkan States (Hungary and Slovenia), and Mediterranean (Greece, Italy, and Spain).

The 7 Waste4Soil Living-Labs will be key to involve stakeholders at every stage of the project. Importantly, they will be testing and assessing promising FPR recycling pathways.  


Know more about Waste4Soil


This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement Nr. 101112708.

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