What are the benefits of composting?

40% of the produced urban waste is the organic fraction. A substantial percentage of the total. To exploit its full potential, a thorough management is necessary.
It is usually collected separately on the territory, with the different active systems, and sent to the treatment plants to obtain compost and biomethane.
Those producing the organic fraction can be independent in managing (part of) it.

The answer is home composting.
Such a simple and basic practice, whose result should be a comprehensive involvement of those meeting the requirements to carry it out.

What are these requirements?
Having a (vegetable) garden.

But the benefits in doing home composting are much more, if compared to the prerequisites:

  • Reduction of the tariff
  • No collection of the organic fraction
  • Reduction of generated CO2
  • Use of “zero-mile” compost
  • Synergy with any collection system on the territory

Since 1996, our company has embraced these concepts. By the time, the positive impact of home composting was clear, as also confirmed by our Sales and Marketing Director – Luca Torresan – “In our organization, we have always committed to home composting; we have always dedicated time and resources to a practice that produces economic and environmental benefits”.

How to increase, promote and improve home composting?
Through innovation.
Digital Composting was introduced last year. The project was developed together with our Junker App colleagues, and the path we shared led us to a solid result, that can be adopted on the entire national territory.

Why “Digital”?
Because information changes quickly, and this speed needs to be supported by dedicated tools, able to get to the citizen’s gardens.
The “Composting Guide” is a fundamental tool, especially for the beginners of home composting; it can be available on your smartphone, and its most up-to-date version allows you to start the journey. It is easy, and safe.
FAQs are always available, as a “first aid” to find quick answers to questions and issues.
To install your composter in your garden, you can follow the easy “Assembly Instructions”.
All these tools, once only supplied on paper, are now totally digital.

The transition to digital is only about this?
No. The most ambitious part of the project was to have a digital management of the composting register, with three elements:

  • Composter
  • Unique Code
  • Junker APP

This ecosystem allows citizens to register as composters, directly accessing the Junker APP; registration, which takes place in a few steps, is then transmitted to the Administration to be verified and validated.

The system allows users to verify the progress of home composting, through dedicated and customizable questionnaires, after providing geo-tagged photographs of their composters. This way, Administrations have all the necessary elements to monitor and control registered composters and users.

With the Regional Decree 501/2022, Liguria Region has authorized the use of digital systems to self-certify composting activities. Municipalities can now conduct the mandatory inspections remotely, and no longer in person.

This practice, if enhanced and promoted by Municipalities, will lead to environmental and economic preservation in the community.