Councils to start ‘composting’ kitchen waste
Starting in October with 6,700 homes, Lisbon city council is to start collecting ‘food waste and paper napkins’ to transform them into fertilizer for agriculture.
This ‘composting’ solution to what is otherwise a massive ‘waste’ of organic potential has developed from a pilot-project that began in Maia (Porto region) last year and rapidly showed authorities how much it made sense.
The quantity of non-recyclable refuse dropped by half, explain reports.
The plan is about to be extended to cover the kitchen waste of around 35,000 local inhabitants, in partnership with recycling firm Lipor.
Explains SIC television news, the waste can be transformed into fertilizer within a month.
Said Abílio Almeida of Lipor, “we do in an industrial way what Nature can do naturally” – only much more quickly.
In Lisbon, this kind of kitchen waste has been collected from schools and public service canteens for some time now – and used to produce biogas. But now the practice is being extended to homes and apartments in the Lumiar district.
From October, families in various apartment blocks in the area will be supplied with special bins carrying explicit instructions of what can be dropped inside and what can’t (see photo above).
Once full, the bins can be emptied into ‘organic refuse containers’ that will be sited outside each apartment block.
As reports have stressed, these developments come from European directives – and from the stark reality that when organic material is transported to landfill, it composts naturally, creating greenhouse gases which add to the problem of global warming and “the current climate crisis”.