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Organic wastes are those which have an animal or vegetable origin. All these residues can be recovered and converted into compost or energy through various strategies, such as composting, vermiculture or biodigestión.
Generally, organic waste is sent to landfills or dumps, where they are compacted with other residues in spaces without oxygen, resulting in that, on decomposition, generate a gas called methane (CH4), which has a calorific value around 25 times greater than that of carbon dioxide (C02). This means that methane is a greenhouse gas that seriously affects climate change
Reciclo Orgánicos is a program promoted by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ministry of Environment of Chile and supported by the consulting firm Arcadis. The program has the general objective to reduce the fraction of organic waste ending up in landfills or dumps in different districts of Chile, where it is generated and emitted methane gas, highly polluting gas to the atmosphere
Source sorting is to group the waste generated by citizens themselves, in their homes, offices, restaurants, hotels, educational institutions, among others, into categories to be then sent to places where they will be revalued as composting and recycling. This practice allows both processes to be performed more efficiently.
Sort organic waste is easy! Inside the container we can insert a wide variety of organic waste, such as fruit, vegetables, paper or paperboard stained with sauces, yard trimmings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, herbs, eggshells, matches, scrap wood , popsicle sticks or sushi, paper napkins and even hair and nails. We can understand organic waste as all those entering decomposition.
The most important endeavor not mix our organic waste with inorganic waste which can not be composted, such as, any type of plastic (bags, cutlery, plates, caps, glasses, etc.), ceramics, tin, glass, rubber, or other type of non-biological material that does not fit into decay.
In some cases, there are certain residues which can not be classified because they can pose a risk to the treatment process, such as the remains of animals, bones or excrement. If you want more information we recommend you contact directly your municipality.
Everyone: children, youth, adults, seniors, neighborhoods, regional organizations, NGOs, foundations, municipalities and any other entity that is interested in the program can participate in the program by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 2 treatment options for organic waste to be recovered through the program.
a. Compost is usually arranged in beds or compost piles and dry mixed with plant residues (leaves, branches, etc.) to ensure proper decomposition. At the end of the process "compost" an excellent fertilizer is obtained.
b. Biodigestion: digesters, corresponding to large bags or plastic sleeves free oxygen, storing organic waste inside and capture methane emitted for the generation of biogas and electricity through a valve are used
By classifying our organic waste, we are part of the process of reducing greenhouse gas affecting the planet, improving our quality of life and that of future generations. In addition, we will help to divert waste from landfills which, on the one hand, increases its life and, on the other it will help municipalities to reduce the high costs on waste management.