National consortium for the recycling of compostable bioplastics partners with Paolo Fresu's 'Time in Jazz' Festival
The aim of this joint enterprise is to raise awareness among artists, the public and guests on the issues of sustainability and the circular economy. From the use of compostable crockery for meals to the collection system for wet waste to educational workshops and the award for the artist creating the musical work that best conveys the values of respect for the earth - these are some of the many initiatives promoted by BIOREPACK for the International Jazz Festival founded by Paolo Fresu that is held every year in Berchidda, in the heart of Gallura, and in several municipalities in the Sassarese area
Berchidda (SS), 6 August 2022 - Who said that music cannot be turned into a powerful opportunity to spread good practice in the collection of bioplastics together with organic waste?
In this spirit, BIOREPACK, the national consortium for the organic recycling of compostable bioplastic packaging, and Time in Jazz, the famous international festival founded by Paolo Fresu, which from tomorrow until 16 August will attract thousands of enthusiasts from all over Italy and the world to Berchidda and many other municipalities in the Sassarese area, have entered into a partnership. The aim of the partnership is to raise public awareness of the importance of the correct differentiated collection of compostable bioplastics in organic waste. Bioplastics are in fact a constantly growing sector, and their compostable nature reflects a real revolution in end-of-life treatment, as they are disposed of together with the organic fraction of solid urban waste to be then transformed into compost, closing the cycle in a circular sense. "Since last January the law has brought in an obligation to collect compostable bioplastics as part of wet waste. It is also thanks to this that Italy has become the European country that collects the largest organic fraction," recalled BIOREPACK President Marco Versari. "To further increase these collection percentages, food packaging, coffee pods and crockery can also be disposed of together with wet waste as long as they are made of certified compostable bioplastic. Properly collecting and treating them is a response to the need to strengthen the circular economy and reduce environmental impacts in the agricultural and food sector.
Raising people’s awareness and their active contribution is a crucial step for success in this endeavour”.
BIOREPACK and the festival organisers have put in place many initiatives in the field of sustainability and the circular economy. Tableware and packaging made of compostable bioplastic will be used at the event, while in the concert arena of the central stage in Piazza del Popolo in Berchidda special containers will be placed to collect wet waste using EN13432 certified compostable bioplastic bags. An education and play date for children taking part in Time to Children 2022, a section of the festival dedicated to the musical education of the youngest, will also be organised.
Finally, on the last evening of the festival, Paolo Fresu will present the 'BIOREPACK in Jazz' award to the most visionary artist present at the festival whose musical work has best conveyed the values of respect for ecosystems and the land to the public.
“Our festival,” said Paolo Fresu, “was conceived from the outset as a tool for disseminating good practice in respect for the environment. Even big music events like ours can have a low impact, for example through reducing disposables, using compostable crockery, plates and glasses, and collecting wet waste”. Through the partnership with BIOREPACK we can strengthen this endeavour. "It helps us learn the importance of the correct use and disposal of compostable bioplastics, and in a fun way too," continued the famous Sardinian trumpeter. "All this is essential for improving the quality and quantity of organic waste produced. When transformed into compost, organic waste becomes a precious resource for the agriculture of our beautiful Sardinia, returning organic matter to the soil while reducing the need to use expensive synthetic chemical fertilisers”.
With 212 member companies and agreements with 3,396 municipalities served (43% of all Italian municipalities), which are home to more than 35 million people (60% of the total population), BIOREPACK, the latest among the consortia in the Conai system, is working in several areas linked to recycling - from the promotion of labelling to their recognisability, from correct disposal by people in the differentiated collection of domestic wet waste to ensuring that recycling targets are met through composting.
BIOREPACK, the National Consortium for the Organic Recycling of Biodegradable and Compostable Plastic Packaging, is a non-profit consortium under private law, with articles of association approved by a decree from the Ministry for Ecological Transition in agreement with the Ministry for Economic Development, with the aim of ensuring development of the differentiated collection and organic recycling of bioplastics together with the organic fraction of waste (article 182 c of the Consolidated Environment Law - Legislative Decree no. 152/2006). It is made up of more than 200 companies active in the production of raw materials, processing and industrial use of UNI EN 13432-certified compostable bioplastic packaging, as well as its organic recycling.
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