SYMBIOSIS promotes re-manufacturing, reuse and recycle, and transforms one industry’s waste to another’s raw material and/or fuel, to pave the way for a more circular economy for the regions, where waste is eliminated and resources are used in an efficient and sustainable way. The direct beneficiaries of Symbiosis project will be the ‘producers’ and ‘users’ of bio-wastes that include a large number of companies and agro-industries inside the cross-border area. The common platform of SYMBIOSIS project will meet the ‘offer’ with the ‘demand’ of bio waste creating synergies and business opportunities providing new solution for exploitation of bio-waste. Scope is the real matching of those companies and the sign of cooperation agreements among them. Moreover, the local authorities responsible for waste management will conduct pilot testing for the exploitation of urban and agro-waste and will develop their Action Plans for bio-waste management and separate treatment. Last but not least, experts will conduct studies on the environmental and economic impact of the project to the participated regions.

The project main objective is to set up an integrated, sustainable, bio-waste management and trading scheme between the partner regions of Western Macedonia in Greece (former pref. of Florina) and the municipality areas of Bitola and Novatsi in Repubic of North Macedonia following the Industrial Symbiosis concept. SYMBIOSIS will develop symbiotic networks bringing together companies and stakeholders from all business sectors, aiming to improve cross industry resource efficiency through material trading and sharing assets in an environmentally sustainable way.

Planning and regional development infrastructures, and matchmaking and retrieval services are key means in SYMBIOSIS to set up cost-effective biomass supply chains. The project specific objectives are:

  • To set-up a cross industry resource efficiency through organic material trading and sharing assets;
  • To create industrial sustainable networks especially in the agro-food industry;
  • To achieve maximum efficiencies in energy and water use;
  • To have a reference point where the demand will meet the offer of bio-waste materials in CBC area;
  • To improve the local policies on the management of bio-waste streams and tackle this issue individually following the directions of the EU policy for less bio-waste to the landfills and better utilization for other uses;
  • To improve the environmental benefits by reducing the bio-waste streams that were disposed into landfills;
  • To generate tangible social benefits to local communities by better use of bio resources from the food industry in favour to social activities;
  • To improve the cooperation among sectors and businesses in cross-border area thus improving the local economies and boosting entrepreneurship;
  • To support the local economies by safeguarding raw materials or fuel coming from bio-waste;
  • To promote job creation in the regions into question by exploring the trade opportunities and using the waste as a resource.




898.858,33 €

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