On 17 December 2020, the VALORCOMP consortium held the last project meeting. After more than three years of intense work, the consortium members met via videoconference due to the mobility restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
For this special occasion, all members of the different working teams attended the meeting. Representatives from the Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB, Principal Beneficiary), CIDAUT Foundation, University of Valladolid (UVa), Nertatec and Resíduos do Nordeste (RN) were present. There was a mixture of emotion and nostalgia as a result of the work of these years and with the regret of not being able to close this project in person.
The end of project meeting focused on cross-cutting issues and began with a brief summary of the positive aspects and difficulties encountered in the project by each of the members. The difficult handling of such a heterogeneous waste was the general issue in terms of the technical aspect, which has not prevented positive results from being obtained in the different ways of use.
Given the impossibility of holding the planned conferences, it was made a review of the videos prepared with the members of each entity, as well as other relevant entities, which will be available on the project’s website.
Finally, a brief review of management aspects was made for the formal closure and delivery of results.
Although the project was closed, all members expressed the desire not to write a full stop, but to look for alternatives to continue working together on this or other issues.
The VALORCOMP Project is co-financed by the INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 programme and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project aims to contribute in a cooperative way to solve a cross-border problem by providing an outlet and recovery of the waste generated in the treatment of the organic fraction of municipal waste.