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PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
3 Climate-neutral societies
objective
3.1 Circular economy
Project type
Small Project
Implementation
August 2023 - July 2025

FoodLoops

The project FoodLoops establishes cooperation among schools, caterers (SMEs), farmers, and professionals in a circular economy to improve biowaste separation at source, prevent excessive food waste and reuse it as organic compost.
Project summary

Currently, a large amount of food is thrown away each year in the BSR. Closing the biowaste loop remains a challenge but also holds untapped economic potential for local actors in the region. FoodLoops tackles this challenge in two ways. First, the project empowers municipalities, educators and caterers to improve better biowaste separation at source (e.g. in school kitchens and canteens and in households). Second, it guides these actors in cooperating to develop solutions that turn unavoidable (food) waste into products of value, such as organic compost, as well as engage potential markets for these products, such as local organic farmers. Turning what is commonly perceived as waste in this way into something of value that can be reused helps to close the resource loop by reducing the amount of waste as well as reducing the amount of new material that would otherwise need to be introduced into the production cycle. With project activities focused mainly in Poland, Lithuania and Finland, FoodLoops focuses on building trust between local stakeholders as a basis for cooperation. In a series of workshops, local and regional farmers associations, municipalities, caterers, and school administrators and educators work with each other to co-create solutions for biowaste valorisation. FoodLoops draws on good practices in the BSR and Europe and aims to foster replication of cooperation models developed in the project through transnational training workshops.

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Budgets

FoodLoops
in numbers.
  • 0.50
    Million
    Total
  • 0.40
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway
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36 Benefitting organisations 1 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 10 Organisationsin the project

FoodLoops
in numbers.

  • 62.888562627.627853
  • 51.26616987.14994
  • 54.351441918.641021
  • 54.6980648525.282473396780087
Lead partnerSavonia University of Applied Sciences
  • Town
    Kuopio
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Pohjois-Savo
Total partner budget
136,301.20
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production gGmbH
  • Town
    Wuppertal
  • Region
  • Country
    Germany
  • Region
    Wuppertal, Kreisfreie Stadt
Total partner budget
139,209.47
Municipality of Gdansk
  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
Total partner budget
120,400.00
Lithuanian Consumer Institute
  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
Total partner budget
101,024.00

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Events

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    31
    October
    2nd event on Circular School Food Systems
    Project: FoodLoops
    Virtual Meeting
    31. October 2023
    13:00 - 14:30 (CET)
    19
    September
    Circular School Food Systems
    Project: FoodLoops
    Virtual Meeting
    19. September 2023
    13:00 - 14:30 (CEST)