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Horticulture creates a lot of hard-to-recycle waste that may contain a high concentration of nutrients and pesticide residues.

The Horti-BlueC is looking into using locally-produced and renewable feedstock materials in place of the usual white peat or stone wool. The goal of the project is to prove the viable use of 4 valorization chains. This will save resources and reduce CO2 emissions from greenhouse horticulture. ILVO as lead partner will focus on the potential of biochar, chitin and plant fibers in sustainable growing media.

Horti-BlueC will develop solutions for sustainable growing media in greenhouse horticulture. We will explore potential for upcycling shellfish waste, green waste, and CO2 emissions. The new materials will contribute to the circular economy in the 2 Seas region.

This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development fund under subsidy contract No 2S03-046 Horti-BlueC.

Project partners

  • Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
  • Université de Lille
  • ADAS UK Ltd
  • Greenyard Horticulture
  • Cato Engineering
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Research Centre Hoogstraten

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