“Circular Bioeconomy in the Urban Waste Management: the Role of the Public Administration” was the title of a bioworkshop that took place at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos on 14th of December 2021. It was also possible to attend the event online.
The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss the current state of urban biorefinery models and how materials can be recovered from urban waste for the productive fabric. Different politicians and technicians from local, regional and national public administrations showed the different approaches and solutions they are implementing. The main conclusion is that there is an urgent need for effective management and policy development to ensure that public actions are in line with the basic principles of the circular bioeconomy, enacted through the agreements reached within the European Union. The speakers agreed that public-private collaboration should be encouraged and research, such as the DeepPurple project or regional networks to promote the development of urban biorefineries, should be promoted.