Tomorrow my territory 09 Valuing bio-waste in my territory

Recycling of bio-waste

November 2019

Agence pour l’Environnement et la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME)

The 20 factsheets in the collection « demain MON TERRITOIRE » have been designed to give candidates and elected officials practical keys to take action, to open up the field of possibilities based on the experiences of other elected officials, from small towns to conurbations, large urban areas or sparsely populated areas. In the four corners of France, both in metropolitan France and in the French Overseas Territories, many of them are taking action, together with the players in their territories, to prepare for the future by taking action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects. With its knowledge and presence throughout the country, ADEME supports them with its tools, activities and financial aid.

Why is it important to implement special treatment of bio-waste?

Food waste, green waste from parks and gardens and other biodegradable waste are still today massively dumped in landfills, generating greenhouse gases, or incinerated even though they represent an important material resource. In order to make better use of this potential, European regulations stipulate that by 2023, every citizen must have a solution for sorting their food and garden waste separately, this sorting making it possible to better collect them for recovery. This obligation is already underway for large private or public producers. These materials can be used to produce energy through methanisation, and/or be reintroduced into the plant cycle by composting or spreading. A solution to fight against soil impoverishment with an input of compost partly replacing chemical fertilizers.

How do you do it?