By 2025, the French people will need a practical solution for sorting their bio-waste at the source. Initiatives are developing to offer composting for everyone, even in the city!
Whether you live in the city or in the countryside, shared compost is an excellent way to reduce waste borne by the community and to create social ties. This action also makes it possible to empower the inhabitants while stimulating reflection on waste reduction.
There are hundreds of shared composting locations in France. To find one near you (in France), go to www.jecomposteenville.fr
The compact apartment composter reduces organic waste. By adopting it, you will independently produce a natural and completely free fertilizer for your plants.
To avoid unpleasant odors, you might prefer an outdoor location in the shade.
You just need to cover the waste with a little soil, potting soil, or failing that a very dry cardboard box, in order to retain the correct humidity. Be sure to mix the compost about once a week and moisten it regularly.
Diluted in water, the compost tea can be used from the third week.
This solution is practical in town, but remains limited in terms of volume.
Even though there are currently no large-volume waste collection and treatment centers, large cities are mobilizing to find innovative solutions.
Waste collection associations are emerging, such as La Tryciclerie which organizes its collections by bicycle around the city of Nantes, France.
In 2019, the Citeo company joined forces with the Parisian start-up Les Alchimistes to understand the conditions for composting PLA in an industrial unit. As a reminder, PLA is a bio-based polymer made from corn starch.
PLA waste was mixed, up to 5%, with bio-waste for 8 weeks. At the end of this experiment and the results of the analysis obtained, it appears that the PLA largely decays. This one complies with standard NFU 44-051, nevertheless it requires the addition of an upstream grinding step, as well as two additional weeks to reach maturation.
As the end of single-use plastic packaging approaches by 2040, French cities are stepping up to promote the treatment of organic waste.