The WASTEred project, co-financed by the European Commission through the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (AECI), proposed the LODOred product as an effective, environmentally friendly, sustainable, innovative and profitable solution for the reduction of excess sludge generated by the meat and dairy industries.

“Promote the market introduction of the LODOred eco-innovative product for the reduction of excess sludge in the meat and dairy industry.”

The WASTEred project arose from the need to launch the LODOred product on the European market as an eco-innovative solution to reduce waste generated during wastewater treatment in meat and dairy industries. Both sectors are among the largest generators of sludge within the food industry and their management can account for up to 50% of operational costs and 65% of the total environmental impact derived from the treatment of said waste.

Furthermore, sludge generation in Europe is increasing substantially as environmental policies become more restrictive, and fewer management and disposal alternatives are available, further increasing the value of LODOred.

LODOred was applied on a large scale in industrial plants in Poland, Germany and Spain. For the selection of the case studies, the consortium developed a questionnaire that was sent to more than 400 end users. In addition, a protocol was developed to monitor the parameters of the plant during the study period. Once selected, LODOred was used for 9 months. In addition, several promotional activities aimed at multipliers and potential customers were developed and a marketing strategy was developed.




  • Reduce waste in the meat and dairy sectors of the food industry, reducing excess sludge by at least 35% in three pilot plants to demonstrate applicability in these industries during the duration of the project.
  • Improve the quality of the water in the receiving aquatic systems (lakes and rivers) by reducing the contaminant load of the discharges from the three pilot plants.
  • Facilitate the access of SMEs to ECOInnovative knowledge, increasing ecological awareness and promoting the creation and consolidation of networks that improve their competitiveness and access to innovative technologies and products.
  • Reduce the “ecological footprint” of the comprehensive wastewater treatment process in the food industry.


  • Reduce sludge disposal costs (35%).
  • Reduce polymer costs for sludge dewatering (50%).
  • Reduce energy consumption costs (25%).
  • Reduce the payment of fees for pollution (20%).


1. Reduction of excess sludge generated in wastewater treatment plants:

– Average reduction of 30%.
– Reduction of CO2 emitted in the transport of sludge equivalent to 3,750 km.
– A total amount of 21,375 kilometers less travelled, which means 17,100 kg less CO2 emitted.
– Improvement of air quality due to the incineration of 1,500 tons of sludge. Reduction of 7,284 tons during the project, avoiding the emission of 1,000 tons of CO2 per year if the sludge had been incinerated.
– An average 30% reduction in energy costs.

2. 25% reduction in polymer consumption. A total of 22 tons in one year in chemical use were estimated.

3. Increased treatment efficiency and reduction of effluent pollution by an average of 21% in terms of COD, BOD and NH4.

4. Dissemination and training activities of the specific capacity development program and related materials, such as: explanatory brochures and posters, product and project presentations at conferences, seminars, trade and industry fairs, user guide and product promotional video .

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Initial sheet:

Status: Completed

Contract nº: Eco/08/239048/SI2.535244

Duration: June 18, 2009 – October 17, 2011 (28 months)

Budget: 643.750,00€ (EC funding: 430.927,00€)