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Prof. Cenci explains incinerators and landfills

  •   May 18th, 2015
  •   Category: News
  •   Posted by: Ecodyger
Municipal solid waste in the furnace of a moving grate incinerator capable of handling 15 metric tons (17 short tons) of waste per hour.

The two macro systems explained by Professor Cenci, environmental expert and scientific officer

Supporter of sustainable recycling of organic waste and ” composter practitioner ” , Prof. Roberto Cenci has a 100 % green curriculum. He has in fact operated with a forty-year career at the European Centre for Research , directing national and international environmental projects . Busy until 2011 as founder and head of the above , even today continues its mission which , as ours at Ecodyger , is precisely to help make our planet cleaner .

Prof Roberto Cenci

Is it right to demonize incinerators and landfills?

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Landfill

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< potential of differentiated collection is not really perceived due to the lack of training and the substantial laziness of citizens. It is interesting to note that : where the collection is in full implementation , there are immediate results . Just think of the example of Trento , in sharp contrast with the situation of Varese; in the first case the strategy of the collection arrived in a timely manner , while in the second it didn’t , so there are very high costs and a way different management . If all the municipalities would put their forces in it as Trento does , there would be more benefits for both the environment and the citizens.

There are economic incentives to encourage people to differentiate waste, but that’s not the aspect to carry on, but the environment. The priority is to think about the future , ensuring security for generations to come .

Nevertheless, the same management of disposal facilities is significant : although in countries like Sweden and Germany there is a massive presence of incinerators, the ashes are reused in a useful manner, for example during vitrification. >>

Inceneretor

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These systems produce energy or not?

<<It is known that incinerators produce energy, but it is also true that this is done in a relative manner. In reality, the problems they cause are more relevant than the energy they create>>.

At what point is Italy compared to other European countries?

<< As always, our country perceive and take in EU regulations very late. This happens because of poor knowledge of the subject, starting from politicians who have to make crucial decisions about it.

Not least the role of lobbies : we suffer from a problem of mismanagement , and because of these two serious shortcomings in the way it affects us undeniably.

Unfortunately, Italy is moving in a rather slow reactive pace and hopes for a last minute rescue to raise and resolve the situation.>>.

Zero Waste: utopia or achievable dream?

<< Currently it is unrealistic to talk about Zero Waste, but it is undoubtedly right to move towards this direction. Today it is an abstract concept, but a reality in the future will be possible. At the moment, for example, the packaging of products are not sustainable on an ecological level: they should decompose within the content – for example: sugar and its envelope. Not taking place , this results in an impact on the environment>>.

How does Ecodyger approach the reality of incinerators and landfills?

<<Ecodyger is a great way to recycle and dispose of waste at home. I practice composting since several years in my garden and I know the value of being able to compost in a small space and without the related odors.

Ecodyger also is useful to curb the problem of desertification . This, in fact, is gradually consuming the coasts of our planet and is a phenomenon which should be kept under control>>.

We are honored that such professor has appreciated our efforts in creating Ecodyger.