At the beginning of the year, the project to optimise organic waste recycling activities in the district of Coesfeld was added to the list of officially recognised KlimaExpo.NRW projects. KlimaExpo.NRW is an exhibition that presents innovative, forward-looking projects across the whole of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) that aim to prevent climate change and offer a number of ecological, social and/or economic benefits. The recognition given to this collaboration project between REMONDIS and the district of Coesfeld means, therefore, that it will now act as a reference project for preventing climate change and will send an important signal to regions far beyond NRW’s borders.
This organic waste recycling project in the district of Coesfeld has been deemed by the KlimaExpo.NRW to be an excellent example of an “engine for progress” for preventing climate change. Fewer fossil fuels are needed thanks to the biogas being fed into the natural gas network. That, however, is not all. “The systematic use of the energy and material contents of the organic waste has also helped to reduce waste charges. This is a particularly positive aspect as we have been able to demonstrate that environmental protection can go hand in hand with cost savings,” commented Dr Heinrich Dornbusch, senior managing director of KlimaExpo.NRW.
Organic waste has been collected as a separate waste stream in the district of Coesfeld for many years now and this has led to high collection rates. “Last year, we collected more than 39,000t of organic waste simply by emptying the organic waste bins in the district. That is approximately 181kg per person and must be one of the best collection rates in the country,” said Konrad Püning, head of the district council. Using the biogas as a renewable source to generate electricity and heat cuts carbon emissions by around 5,000 tonnes every year. The amount of power produced from the biogas is sufficient to supply up to 1,400 average households with heat. REMONDIS and the district of Coesfeld are, therefore, helping to secure the supply of power in the region.
The biogas generated at the Coesfeld plant helps to cut carbon emissions by around 5,000 tonnes every year