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COP21's biowaste depackaged by FLEXIDRY

November 24, 2015

FLEXIDRY depackages COP21's biowaste

"Zero waste, 100% recovery"

This is the aim set by France for the COP21 event.And for the United Nations' 21st conference on climate change which will take place from November 30th to December 11th, 2015, gathering 40 000 visitors (20 000 accredited attendees and 20 000 visitors expected), an exemplary waste management is to be expected during the event. With this in mind, a specific recovery process has been identified for each waste stream, from the collection stage to the processing center, paying special attention on short circuits. A few concrete examples:

  • Recyclable waste will be collected with electrical vehicles and then recycled and recovered by Derichebourg and Suez.
  • All paper – 100% recycled – used during COP21 will be sorted at source by Nouvelle Attitude (part of the group "La Poste") and recycled only 105 km from the event.
  • Food waste will be collected and transported to biogas and composting centers.
A partnership for the recovery of COP21's biowaste

Moulinot compost & biogas is the official biowaste collector for COP21."We expect to collect 45 tons of waste during the COP21 with a recovery aim of 70%. The majority of this waste will be recovered by AD but a 5-ton container will be specifically dedicated to the experimental project with Semardel", explains Stefan Martinez, le patron de Moulinot compost & biogas.For this operation, food waste produced by the COP21 will be depackaged with FLEXIDRY, the machine developed by Green CREATIVE that separates organic waste from its packaging and other unwanted material. Once cleaned, this biowaste will be recovered by SEMARDEL, on the Vert-le-Grand (91) Ecosite, by a vermicomposting process that will take several months. The objective of this original experiment is twofold:

  • Produce an attractive high-quality agronomic compost for the agricultural world.
  • Validate for the first time this biowaste recovery process by vermicomposting, on an industrial scale.

Before the start of COP21 and its first collections, the partnership has already achieved encouraging tests since late October, on 12-ton windrows of depackaged biowaste and green waste, at Semardel Vert-le-Grand (91)'s recovery center.