The rapid population growth and its concentration in large cities has resulted in a steady increase of urban waste. Nowadays, in Europe, each person generates, on average, 475 kg of urban waste annually.

According to Eurostat, in 2013, about 40-50% of urban waste referred to bio-waste, food waste generated in houses, restaurants, caterings, markets and malls, as well as biodegradable waste from gardens and parks. This means an annual production of nearly 100 million tonnes of biomass from urban waste in the European Union.

The URBIOFIN project will valorize the organic fraction of urban waste by demonstrating the capabilities of a biorefinery to transform urban solid waste into new bioproducts. As such the URBIOFIN project will contribute to implement the Bioeconomy Strategy of the European Union.