Title and acronym: RE-LIVE WASTE- Improving innovation capacities of private and public actors for sustainable and profitable REcycling of LIVEstock WASTE

About the project:

As we all know, the Mediterranean area is a crossroads of different cultures and ethnicities, which however share a distinctive interest in the quality of food, the protection of environmental resources and the defense of traditional products and activities.

Agriculture and livestock farming are two of the key sectors of the Mediterranean economies, there's no doubt about that. And cows and pigs are, for most countries, the most common sources of traditional food.

However, due to the ever-increasing demand of quality products, Mediterranean producers have focused more and more on intensive farming to speed up and improve production. This has also led to increased pollution and several other environmental concerns.

Developing and testing innovative technologies which can turn livestock waste into resources is the main goal of RE-LIVE WASTE.

Livestock waste has been (and is) a major source of pollution, but it can now become an opportunity for society and farmers’ development.

Project pilot plans will be installed in 4 different countries and transform slurry into an organic high-value commercial fertilizer (also known as struvite), contributing to smart and sustainable growth and to the creation of new business and market opportunities.

RE-LIVE WASTE perfectly matches the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, supporting circular economy as a path towards an innovative, environmentally-friendly, efficient and sustainable future.

Dates: from February 2018 to July 2020


• Italy- Sassari and Arborea

• Spain- Murcia

• Cyprus- Lemesos

• Bosnia Herzegovina- Sarajevo

Source of Funding: Interreg Med programme (

Role of NRD: coordinator

Scientific responsible: Prof. Michele Gutierrez

NRD members and staff involved: Michele Gutierrez, Pier Paolo Roggero, Laura Chessa, Roberta Lobina, Matteo Funaro, Tonito Solinas, Roberto Lai

Keywords: Green Growth, Circular economy, Livestock waste management, Struvite, business opportunities

The partners:

• Italy

- LAORE Sardegna - RegionalAgency for Agriculture Development

- Sereco Biotest snc di Luca Poletti

- Cooperativa Produttori Arborea – Società Agricola (Associated)

• Spain:

- ALIA- Agricultural transformation society 
- FGN-  Fundacion Global Network

• Cyprus:

- DoE- Department of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
- CUT- Cyprus University of Technology
- Armenis Nicos&Sons (Associated)

• Bosnia Herzegovina:

- SERDA- Sarajevo Economic Regional Development Agency

- Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences

- PD Butmir (Associated)

Overall objective

  • To stimulate innovation among public institutions and private companies for a more effective management of waste from intensive livestock farming, by facilitating cooperation between researchers, businesses, public authorities and the civil society

Specific objectives

  • To help farmers use innovative equipment to transform slurry into an eco-friendly fertilizer and reuse it within a circular economy approach
  • To help public institutions draft new regulations to recognize struvite as a fertilizer and provide legislative and financial support to promote the use of innovative effective equipment
  • To improve transnational cooperation and connections between researchers, businesses, public authorities, the civil society and other stakeholders