The Munich-based trade fair for environmental services and waste management is held every two years and Novamont will be demonstrating the efficiency of its model for the collection of wet kitchen waste using compostable bioplastic bags.
Countries across the world are adopting policies and strategies for the collection and recovery of organic waste and for the production of quality compost and renewable energy from biogas.
Alongside Germany, Italy is one of the European countries which collects and recovers the largest gross amount of organic municipal waste – about 5 million tonnes in total, 3.5 of which is kitchen waste and 1.5 hay and grass.
Currently, around 86 million Europeans use Novamont’s compostable Mater-Bi bags for organic waste collection.
The city of Milan is the first European city with over one million residents to collect over 98 kg of organic waste per inhabitant with a purity greater than 95% is the case study par excellence in Italy. The wet waste collection uses compostable bags made of Mater-Bi – Novamont’s bioplastic that is biodegradable and compostable in accordance with European standard EN 13432.
Christian Garaffa, waste management manager at Novamont, said the company’s model is to minimise the production of waste while at the same time adopting models that mimic biological systems and keep resources in circulation. It involves producing quality compost from municipal waste, with door-to-door separate waste collection, and the evolution of research and innovation in the biodegradable bioplastics sector.
“The connections between these two developments over the years have set in motion a whole series of virtuous behaviour and collaboration initiatives between various stakeholders (businesses, institutions, research bodies, trade associations, authorities) generating the ideal connective tissue to promote a change in the economic model centred around the efficient use of resources,” he said.
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