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.
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.