We are at the Biofor Energia plant in Castelleone in the province of Cremona. This plant processes organic and agro-food waste. It was set up on the basis of a common initiative between the company SCRP SpA, of which I am the general manager – a company bringing together 53 municipalities in the Cremona area and the Provincial Authority of Cremona – as well as 3 farmers who have offered their land for the disposal of the products of this waste processing. This plant processes with around 30,000 tonnes of waste of various origins per year and as part of its process also uses over 60,000 cubic metres of slurry produced by the farms that are involved in the management of the plant. The advantage of this process is that the matter resulting from it is disposed of directly on the land of the farms involved. We have about 10% of inorganic waste which is sent to incinerators and landfills. The plant therefore integrates a technology that permits a closed cycle.
Waste is collected from the municipalities belonging to SCRP, and SCRP is an entirely public company which has made this investment together with the farmers. All this ensures the almost complete reuse of the organic material. The plant also uses material collected from the rest of the province as well as nearby provinces. The initiative offers an economic benefit to the municipalities that are taking part, because the material that they provide is at a lower price than the market price, and this ensures a direct benefit for the municipalities belonging to SCRP. The benefits to the environment are also evident: the quantity of material which is sent to landfills is minimum compared to the amount that is brought in. In addition, we obtain power from the production of biogas, and inject this power into the grid of the electric utility company ENEL, and used for domestic and industrial consumption. With the energy produced, we manage to supply power to a small town of over 10,000 inhabitants.
Therefore the plant is not particularly large, but nevertheless it offers a great benefit for the environment thanks to the reuse of waste..