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.
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.
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.
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.