We have been informed that Sole Director Mr. Yang Sen and President Mrs. Wu Wenjuan, together with a delegation of technicians, have been visiting Florence area (Italy) for a project investigating the best waste treatment technologies around the world, with the aim of a possible implementation in Pechino Beijing metropolitan area.
We believe, with respect to what you have been visiting, that your Society might find in Italy examples, which without the use of incineration plants, are able to get much better enviromental and cost-effectiveness results in large urban area waste management.
These examples are fully compliant with the most recent European Commission guidelines for moving towards a “Circular Economy”, boosting recycling and composting, while phasing out the use of landfills and incineration plants for recyclable waste and indicating the prevention of valuable materials loss as a priority.
With these guidelines the European Commission has clearly stated out that waste management systems based on landfills and incineration plants (which also need require special landfills for harmful toxic materials for the disposal of the resulting ash) are harmful, obsolete, counterproductive and not cost-effective.
We strongly believe that the example you visited in Florence has in reality none of the characteristics to represent an excellence, neither is compliant with European guidelines.
In our opinion a modern waste management system should be based upon other principles:
· urban solid waste treated like “urban mines” from which extract huge quantities of secondary raw materials to be re-introduced cost-effectively in the market;
· avoiding to introduce new sources of pollution trough the application of the “best behaviours” and without the use of incineration plants.
· use treatment plants easily adaptable to waste load variations, the MBTs (Mechanical Biological Treatments) dedicated to the maximum recycle of materials, in opposition to incineration plants which are dedicated to their destruction, have demostrated to be very effective and affordable and capable of reducing end-users fares quickly.
· big incineration plants are considered harmful and highly pollutantings and hence opposed by local population around the world, which in turn increase the risk of not being able for the commitments to finalizy or delay the projects.
· the “Zero Waste Strategy”.
As a consequences of these simple points others are the real italian excellences, which we suggest you to visit: first of all the north-eastern part of Italy where the phasing out of the incineration plants has lead to the creation of the “Factory of Materials”, or the results obtained by joining into Consortia in Veneto for the diversified collection of waste, or the introduction of very efficient waste diversified collection in large urban realities, as well as the experiences of the Research Centre for Zero Waste of Capannori municipality.
These experiences top the world rank for what concerns the high levels of diversification of waste collection, the use of flexible and not polluting treatment plants, the very high cost-effectiveness (which in turn permits a reduction of end-users fares) and the end-users satisfaction.
Understanding how waste (or as we call “urban resources”) is a strategic field for the life of every urban center, and moreover for big cities, and knowing how the delicate balance of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, approval and durability is a key aspect, we are ready for an advantageous exchange of information and cooperation with you and your city.
Looking forward to your response, we wish you all the best and a zero waste future.
Rossano Ercolini Enzo Favoino
President of Zero Waste Europe Scuola del Parco Agrario di Monza
Chair, Scientific Committee Zero Waste Europe
Postato da Associazione "Vivere in Valdisieve" su Associazione "Vivere in Valdisieve" il 12/03/2014 03:47:00 AM
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