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    Performance Polymers Composting Project in Bad Duerkheim District

    Composting Project with Organic Waste Bags in Bad Duerkheim District, Germany

      In 2011, the practical application of organic waste bags made of compostable polymer ecovio® underwent large-scale testing in Bad Duerkheim district (Germany) in a joint pilot project involving the waste management company AWB and BASF.

      Some 65,000 households each received ten compostable organic waste bags for collecting and disposing of organic waste in the organic waste bin. It was investigated how satisfied residents were with the bags and whether the bags could be processed into compost without any problems at the organic composting plant Gruenstadt owned by the waste management company GML.

    Project Facts and Figures

      • Duration of trial period: three months.
      • Distribution of a free test package each containing ten compostable organic waste bags made of ecovio® to around 65,000 households in Bad Duerkheim district, Germany.
      • Additional compostable bags available at various sales outlets throughout the district.
      • Bags make it possible to collect organic kitchen waste in a clean and hygienic way.
      • Disposal of the bags filled with organic waste in the organic waste bin, not intended for home composting.
      • Regular collection and processing of organic waste at GML’s organic composting plant Gruenstadt by their operations management Veolia Environmental.
      • Project research assistance provided by the independent consulting firm IBK-Solutions.

    Results

      • ecovio® bags completely degraded within three weeks.
      • No effect on the quality of compost.
      • Great acceptance and satisfaction among residents.
      • No increase in non-biodegradable plastics in organic waste.

      “The decisive factor for us was the high quality of the compost and the fact that the bags make it easier for our residents to separate, collect and dispose of organic waste. That is why we have now allowed the ecovio® bags to be used permanently.”

      — Erhard Freunscht, First District Councilor for the Bad Duerkheim district, Germany

    overview

    Transforming Polymers into Compost

    The compostable organic waste bags were distributed in early April 2011 to some 65,000 households in Bad Duerkheim district (Germany) along with an info flyer.

    The compostable organic waste bags were distributed in early April 2011 to some 65,000 households in Bad Duerkheim district (Germany) along with an info flyer.

    The compostable organic waste bags made from ecovio®, which were distributed to households in Bad Duerkheim district in a starter kit during the pilot project.

    The compostable organic waste bags made from ecovio®, which were distributed to households in Bad Duerkheim district in a starter kit during the pilot project.

    The compostable organic waste bags made from ecovio® can hold up to 10 liters and fit into standard organic kitchen waste bins.

    Organic kitchen waste in the compostable organic waste bag.

    A hygienic way to collect organic kitchen waste: the compostable organic waste bags are moisture and tear resistant.

    The compostable organic waste bags can be disposed of in organic waste bins provided by Bad Duerkheim district. They are not intended for home composting.

    The compostable organic waste bags can be disposed of in organic waste bins in Bad Duerkheim district. They are not intended for home composting.

    Disposal of kitchen waste including compostable organic waste bag in the organic waste bin.

    Disadvantage of paper bags: they are not moisture and tear resistant.

    Organic waste being brought to the composting plant in Gruenstadt, Germany.

    Compostable ecovio® bags among other organic waste at the composting plant in Gruenstadt, Germany.

    Compostable ecovio® bags among other organic waste at the composting plant. After the organic waste is brought to the composting plant, the condition of the ecovio® organic waste bag is tested by an independent consultant in the first tests.

    The compostable ecovio® bags are counted and documented, in addition to "incorrect disposals", i.e. conventional plastic bags, in the organic waste.

    The compost heap is monitored on an ongoing basis and product samples are taken.

    Once composting is complete, microorganisms have completely broken down the organic waste and the compostable organic waste bags. All that's left is valuable compost.

    The final compost is loaded to be sent off from the organic composting plant.

    The valuable compost can be used on fields and in gardens.

    The valuable compost can be used on fields and in gardens.

    The compost bags are available at various sales outlets throughout Bad Duerkheim district, Germany.

      Direct Contact

      If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

    Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb Landkreis Bad Duerkheim
    +49 (0)6322 / 961-5555
    +49 (0)6322 / 961-5550
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      To be added to the list of sales outlets as vendor, please contact:

    a/h/s Umweltservice GmbH
    +49 (0)6233 / 22 04 26
    +49 (0)6233 / 23 94 27
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