SUSTAINABILITY

Challenge

Organic waste is a waste of capital, labor, water, nutrition, transports, and energy. Polluting the local community and our planet – the climate, air, water, and land. Today’s recycling of municipal biowaste in Europe: 30 million tonnes per year. Potential 90 million tonnes more of organic waste from municipalities could be composted every year.

Biowaste management

Input organic material for composting. Organic fraction (green and food waste). Crop residues. Commercial & industrial (e.g. food, green and fiber waste). Manures.

Food waste composition in EU 27 (Eurostat 2006)

89 Mt total food waste per year. Households 42%, Manufacturing 39%, Food Service 14%, Retail/Wholesale 5%.

Food waste 2020, 126 Mt, generating 240 Mt CO2 per year

High potential for saving GHG emissions through prevention and recycling. Source: European Commission (DG ENV – Direcorate C) 10/2010 Eurostat data.

IMPACT

Soil Organic Matter

Soils organic Matter for food security and climate change has been neglected. The general public becomes more conscious of the unsustainable food waste crisis. Combine these challenges and the Soil Organic Matter is realistically solvable with tremendous impact supporting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Crop productivity & Nutrition

Soil application – production of organic fertilizers and soil improvement products. Application in horticulture: replacement of peat in growing media. Reduction of soilborne plant disease, stabilize soil structure and erosion.

Climate Change

Saving GHG emissions and fossil fuels. Avoiding soil and land degradation and increasing soil carbon stores help us to reduce global warming.

Responsible consumption and production

Contribute to the Bio-economy, local jobs and resource efficient production of bio-based products from waste streams.

Livelihoods

For food security, it is critical to improving the Soil Organic Matter through quality compost. Agricultural resilience and a range of benefits including increased soil fertility and crop yields improved water retention and quality.

Biodiversity & conservation

Soils are home to over a quarter of all living species on earth. Organisms which interact and contribute to many global cycles, including the carbon and nitrogen cycles.

Water availability & quality

Sustainable soil and water management are a basic necessity for agricultural purposes, human health, and quality of life.