Organic Material and Bio-waste

Organic materials and the resulting waste are key for achieving a circular economy. It is both a large source of waste and a source of circular opportunity. According to the European Compost Network (ECN), promoting circular alternatives for the processing of bio-waste will have more than just environmental benefits:

  • Europe annually digests or composts around 30 million tonnes of separately collected bio-waste
  • Europe has the capacity to increase this number to 90 million tonnes
  • This could lead to the creation of 50,000 jobs, including in areas of high unemployment. 

Prevention and Collection

The circular transition starts with waste prevention, while separate collection of bio-waste requires good publicity and social acceptance. That is why it must be supported by awareness-raising campaigns targeting households and other producers, such as hotels and restaurants and green spaces managers.

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Valorisation begins with the development of new and optimised valorisation methods for existing products such as biogas as well as the development of new bio- products, which will ultimately be biodegradable. The next step looks at producing biofertilizers, typically compost or digestate.

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