Organic waste in Cities: recovering value for fertilizer, energy or insect protein
The webinar organized by ReThink and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine.
93% of solid waste in Ukraine ends up in landfills, without any recycling. This applies to both plastic products that decompose for hundreds of years, and organic biodegradable waste, which in the process of fermentation in the landfill emit a dangerous harmful gas - methane.
According to the IPCC, methane is 23 times more harmful than CO2 - just as many times more intensely than carbon dioxide affects climate change. And although most of the efforts of the active minority are aimed at sorting plastic or glass (which is important only for their further processing and storage in production cycles), much more emissions are generated by organic waste.
Why? In Ukraine, on average, 60% of the mass of solid waste is an organic biodegradable component. In turn, without this component, other solid waste does not generate methane. It is estimated that only 1 ton of solid waste is responsible for the formation of greenhouse gas in the amount of 1505 kg of CO2e. That's about as much as ten (!) Volkswagen Golf (1.6 TDI) diesel cars have traveled more than 1,200 km!
In Ukraine, there are already advanced companies and institutions that separate organic for processing, but so far this is a negligible percentage of all.
Therefore, at the webinar with Mr. Troost, we discussed:
- The history of his company, which collects and processes organics in Rotterdam;
- What are the technologies of organic processing and which are the most effective;
- What is the best way to recycle organics in terms of maximizing value.
Watch the record of the webinar on this link