Photo story: MEDOLICO shows how to efficiently treat wastewater from olive oil extraction

A photo story released by the the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre highlights the efforts exerted by MEDOLICO to efficiently treat wastewater from olive oil extraction. 

The Mediterranean accounts for 97% of olive oil production, that is a well known fact! What is less well-known is that for the estimated two million tons of olive oil produced annually, some nine million tons of waste is generated. Given the potential environmental harm that this can cause, the partners of MEDOLICO project are developing a series of methods to minimize the environmental impact of olive oil mill wastewater, generating bio-products for commercial use in the process.

The photo story is based on the feature "Turning olive oil waste into money while protecting nature" published by the EU Neighborhood Info Centre.

The aim of the MEDOLICO project is to inform olive millers of the environmental risk their activity generates and to provide them with innovative solutions to valorize olive mill wastewater which is mainly non-biodegradable and may contain toxic substances.

The first phase of the project has already been completed through the comparison of different treatment technologies allowing for efficient and easy wastewater depuration. 

The second part of MEDOLICO will deal with the assessment of the potential negative effects on crops irrigated with treated olive wastewater. In addition to training workshops dedicated olive oil sector stakeholders, market opportunities for recovered by-products during olive oil manufacturing - including energy, cosmetics, phytotherapy, dietary supplement - will be analyzed.
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In a recent interview, Mr. Štefan Füle - EC Commissioner Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy - depicted MEDOLICO as a valuable project able to "bring innovative solutions to problems common to several countries".