“Benefits for the public, agriculture and the environment”
An agreement was signed today between CLARA SpA and Biorepack, the national consortium for the organic recycling of biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging. Payments of up to €250 per tonne will be paid for the collection, transport and processing of compostable bioplastics together with food waste. Alfredo Amman, CLARA General Manager: “The agreement will enable better management and information about the separate collection of compostable packaging”
Milan - Copparo (FE), 23 March 2022 - More resources for management of waste, in return for improved separate collection of compostable packaging together with biodegradable food waste which, when transformed into compost, will help improve the health of agricultural land and combat climate change. There are many potential benefits from the agreement signed today between CLARA SpA and Biorepack, the national consortium in the CONAI system for the organic recycling of compostable bioplastic packaging, which must be disposed of together with food waste.
“We have been working on the issue of compostable packaging for over a decade, ever since we started door-to-door collection of food waste in our area,” said Alfredo Amman, General Manager of CLARA SpA. “Since then we have been constantly educating our users on the importance of using compostable bags to collect their food waste. Lately, thanks to growing awareness among the public about environmental sustainability issues, we are also seeing a signiﬁcant increase in bioplastics used in other types of packaging. And so we greatly welcomed the agreement with Biorepack, which will support companies like ours in the management and recycling of this type of waste and promote information about proper separate collection.”
According to the agreement, CLARA SpA will ensure the management of compostable bioplastic packaging waste together with food waste, from separate collection to organic recycling through composting, in line with the new national legislation that introduced compulsory separate collection of municipal food waste together with compostable bioplastics from 1 January this year.
Under the agreement CLARA SpA will promote the separate collection of compostable bioplastics together with food waste and ensure subsequent organic recycling and will also promote the reduction in contamination by non-compostable extraneous matter. In return for this commitment, the Biorepack Consortium will make payments through a bonus scheme, based on the quality of separately collected food waste; the higher the quality of the food waste collected, the higher the payments made by the Biorepack Consortium.
It will be crucial for the community to play an active role: everyone must take maximum care not to dispose of incompatible waste together with food waste, particularly conventional plastic. In this way, the municipality can receive the maximum payment from the Biorepack Consortium for the collection, transport and processing of compostable bioplastics, up to approximately €250 per tonne.
“This sliding scale payment mechanism is essential to incentivise collection of food waste of the highest possible quality,” explained Marco Versari, president of Biorepack. “In this respect, we remind you to always use biodegradable and compostable bags, such as carrier bags or fruit and vegetable bags, to collect organic waste. It is also thanks to these materials that Italy has become the European country that collects the most organic waste. In order to increase collection rates still further, food packaging, coffee pods and tableware can also be disposed of together with food waste provided they are made of certified compostable bioplastic bearing the appropriate labels.
Increasing the quantity of correctly-processed organic waste diverts materials from disposal in landfills or incinerators and produces compost, a natural fertiliser which ‘returns’ organic matter to the soil, unlike synthetic fertilisers. The benefits are not limited to plants and agricultural productivity (which is declining at a dangerous rate due to soil degradation), but also the fight against climate change and global warming. Organic matter is essentially composed of carbon which is stored in the soil, improving fertility, rather than being released into the atmosphere as CO2, one of the main causes of the greenhouse effect. Soil is the second largest carbon store on the planet after the oceans. More carbon in the ground therefore means less CO2 in the atmosphere.***
Biorepack, the Italian national consortium for the organic recycling of biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging, is a non-profit consortium under private law, whose statute was approved by decree of the Ministry of Ecological Transition together with the Ministry of Economic Development, with the aim of guaranteeing the development of separate collection and organic recycling of bioplastics together with the organic waste (Article 182-ter of the Environmental Code – Legislative Decree 152/2006). It brings together more than 200 companies involved in the production of raw materials, processing and industrial use of UNI EN 13432-certified compostable bioplastic packaging, as well as the organic recycling of this packaging.
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