Novara – Munich, 5 May 2014 – Today marks the beginning of IFAT ENTSORGA 2014, the leading trade fair on environmental services and waste management held every two years in Munich (Germany). The event attracts 125,000 visitors from all over the world, and for a number of years Novamont has participated at the stand of Bundesland Assia (Gemeinschaftsstand Hessen), the region where Novamont’s German branch is based.
As it did at the recent conference in Kassel, Novamont will showcase the efficiency of the Italian model for the collection of wet kitchen waste using compostable bioplastic bags. This is a topic of great interest to IFAT visitors from countries in Europe and beyond that are adopting policies and strategies for the collection and recovery of organic waste in order to produce quality compost and renewable energy from biogas.
It will attract great interest among German town councils since a law will take effect in Germany at the end of the year making it obligatory for them to carry out separate organic waste collection. This is a very interesting objective for German town councils thanks also to incentives for the production of biogas from biowaste, which are stimulating the construction of anaerobic digestion plants. It is only by intercepting domestic wet waste (which until now has been discarded with general waste) that Germany will be able to solve the problem of low production yields at these anaerobic digestion plants, which currently use organic waste consisting largely of green waste, with lower energy content than kitchen waste.
The Novamont model for the collection of wet waste, in which compostable bags made from Mater-Bi® are a key component, constitutes a valid option for intercepting kitchen waste, the most valuable fuel for German anaerobic digestion plants.
“There are strong synergies between the use of compostable products like our bioplastics and the production of renewable energy and quality compost from organic waste,” said Christian Garaffa, Novamont’s Marketing Manager for Source Separation and Recycling. “We each produce a large quantity of organic waste which, on average, makes up a third of the total amount of waste produced. With new policies to stimulate the recovery of resources and the production of renewable energy, including biogas, it is more important than ever for everyone, including our German friends, to ensure that kitchen waste is moved efficiently from general waste to separate organic waste in order to make use of it, transforming it into biogas and high quality compost, thereby closing the organic carbon cycle,” said Garaffa.
Novamont is the leading company in the development and production of materials and biochemicals through the integration of chemistry, the environment and agriculture. With 323 employees (20% employed full time in R&D), it registered a turnover of €135 million in 2012 and made continuous investments in research and development activities (4.9% of its 2012 turnover). It has a portfolio of around 1,000 patents. It has its headquarters in Novara, a production facility in Terni and research laboratories in Novara, Terni and Piana di Monte Verna (CE).
Novamont has subsidiaries in Porto Torres (SS) and Bottrighe (RO). It has commercial offices in Germany, France and the United States and operates through its own distributors in Benelux, Scandinavia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.