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Manufacturer of rotating in-vessel composters for recycling food waste and composting all types of organic waste.
Manufacturer of rotating in-vessel composters for recycling food waste and composting all types of organic waste.


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The World Bank has recently released “What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid Waste Management”.

The publication, the first comprehensive and global report on waste generation, collection, treatment of urban waste, analyzes the environmental, social and economic impact of waste in urban areas all over the world.

The authors identify a series of issues including the expected extraordinary jump in waste volumes generated worldwide (from the current 1,300 million tons in 2011 to an estimated 2200 million tons in 2025) mainly due to population increase in cities in third world countries. Besides giving data on  volumes and treatment costs around the world, the report also shows the correlation between income and the volumes and composition of urban waste, with poorer economies tending to have more organic matter in its waste than countries with higher per capita GDP’s.

The enormous impact on the environment of urban waste is also a problem raised in the report, especially organic waste, which if not properly treated is one of the main sources of ozone depleting Methane (about 12% of the total volume of Methane released yearly). Considering that Methane has a Global Warming Potential 23 times bigger than CO2 we can see why implementing proper organic waste handling strategies is essential for preserving the planet’s environment.

This report should ring an alarm with city managers all over the world, and we hope will encourage more countries to develop proper waste handling strategies, including on-site composting, a technology promoted by KOLLVIK RECYCLING ( and KCS Engineering ( that prevents the release of Methane and transforms waste into valuable compost in an environmental friendly way.
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Kollvik Recycling’s (our parent company) home province of Guipuzcoa (700,000 inhabitants), in the Basque Country, Spain, has given the go ahead to a new General Waste Management Plan.
The 10 year plan is pushing for the set-up of household waste collection systems in cities and towns, and aims to achieve 60% waste recycling rates by 2016 and 75% waste recycling rates by 2020 for the whole province.
The plan is backed by a 186 million euros budget that will fund several composting and recycling plants as well as educational programs and other costs necessary to the implementation of door to door waste collection schemes. The new General Master Plan replaces the one drafted under the previous administration and focuses on sustainable waste handling strategies instead of unsustainable incineration plants.

The new plan calls for roughly half the investment required for opening the previously projected incineration plants, and will achieve both higher recycling rates and less environmental damage.

The new General Plan is a result of widespread social opposition to incineration as a solution to the waste problem. Soon a Europe wide mandatory closing of landfills decreed by the EU will take effect and many local governments are struggling to find sustainable and financially sound alternatives like those offered by Kollvik recycling.
Our company currently operates several door to door collection programs and on-site composting plants equipped with our highly efficient BIOCOMP in-vessel composters, the current operations are already giving excellent waste recycling results (up to 80% waste recycling rates) and we look forward to the help the local government achieve the plan's targets.
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Shanghai International Channel gave us the opportunity to take part in a special TV broadcast on environmental issues, greener living and food waste recycling in Shanghai, China.
Present in the city since 2004, KCS Engineering is assisting the local government in finding solutions and designing strategies to properly handling food waste, a huge task as the city’s 20,000,000 inhabitants generate close to 19,000 tn of organic waste every day.
As part of a city wide campaign to build up awareness on the growing waste problem, a special broadcast on environmental issues of the popular “Culture Matters”  TV show introduced best-practices in household waste handling in different countries.
Mr. Abdón Beitia, managing director of KCS Engineering told the public on the successful experience of several cities in the Basque Country (Northern Spain) that have increased their recycling rate from 33% to 80.2% in one year thanks to proper educational programs on waste separation, door to door garbage collection schemes and on-site composting plants.
Indeed, most towns in Spain have performant recycling systems for valuable waste like carbox, paper and glass, but food waste (representing an average 50-60% of household waste volumes) has not been properly handled till very recently. KCS Engineering's parent company KOLLVIK Recycling has helped over 20 towns in Spain and other European countries to plan their waste handling strategies, design educational programs as well as provide the right hardware to properly implement the plans.
Low initial investment requirements (compared with centralized solutions), non-existent or greatly reduced transportation costs as well as the safety, reliability and sustainability of our BIOCOMP on-site in-vessel composters have proved key to our success with towns and city councils and we are bringing these benefits to Shanghai residents too.
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May 8th 2012.

Kollvik Recycling, parent company of KCS Engineering has been awarded a contract for the supply of BIOCOMP 15/45 composters to "La Zenia" shopping mall in Orihuela, Alicante province, Spain.

La Zenia is a commercial development by Immochan España. The development set to open in November 2012 covers 180,000sqm and includes an ALCAMPO supermarket (AUCHAN GROUP), a DECATHLON outfit as well as a branch of French DIY supermarkets, Leroy Merlin. The 185 million euro development will also provide space for 150 medium and small size shops under a “shopping village”concept.

The BIOCOMP 15/45 composters are in-vessel rotating composters for on site treatment of organic waste, including all types of food waste. With a daily treating capacity of 500kg/800ltrs of organic waste, these machines are perfectly suited for operating in shopping malls, supermarkets, and housing estates. The units operate in a fully automatic manner and are currently working in sites owned by supermarket chains CARREFOUR and E.LECLERC. Several cities in Spain and France are using this model of composters for treating household waste in an environmental friendly and safe manner.

The composters will treat organic waste from the ALCAMPO supermarket, as well as cooked and raw food waste from restaurants and food courts in the shopping complex and will be an integral part in the developments ISO-14000 environmental standards. Indeed, Kollvik's range of BIOCOMP in-vessel rotating composters have also been certified for developments under BREEAM standards by Unibail-Rodamco and other commercial developers.

KCS Engineering is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of KOLLVIK RECYCLING, S.L. a Spanish manufacturer of in-vessel rotating industrial composters with over 30 years experience in composting and handling of organic waste.

Immochan España is the Spanish subsidiary of French multinational shopping mall developer Immochan the real state development branch of French supermarket chain AUCHAN, it currently manages over 300 developments in 12 countries around the world.
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KCS’s mother company (Kollvik Recycling, S.l.) has recently installed a new composting plant in Saint-Pryvé Saint-Mesmin, a town in Orleans about 130 km south of Paris, France.

The city of Saint-Pryvé Saint-Mesmin has been working on on-site composting for many years, promoting on-site composting, educating its citizens in proper waste separation and offering composters for household and backyard use.

The new composting plant featuring a Kollvik BIOCOMP in-vessel composter, will prevent 10tns/year of waste being dumped in the landfill, is set to treat food waste from local schools, and represents a step further in making the town carbon neutral while reducing the environmental and financial burden of treating organic waste.

A link to the official page of Saint-Pryvé Saint-Mesmin’s City Council website can be found here (in French):
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Conferences of interest during April 2012.

19 April 2012 Copenhagen (Denmark)

ISWA/DAKOFA - 2nd Waste & Climate Beacon Conference
The April conference aims to bring forward the international waste management sector’s messages to the COP18 in Qatar later this year. At the conference, participants and speakers will formulate the messages to be presented to the politicians. The purpose is to have the sector recognized as part of the solution and not just part of the problems.
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Conferences of interest during April 2012.

16-19 April 2012 Portland, USA
26th Annual BioCycle West Coast Conference

Waste Diversion + Composting + An-aerobic Digestion = Sustainability

BioCycle conferences are the go to meetings for information on composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) of municipal, agricultural and industrial organic waste streams. Interest has never been greater in combining energy recovery via AD with composting of digested material.
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A new EU Fertiliser Regulation by the European Commission will soon be drafted!

Following a series of meetings that took place in Brussels earlier this year between the European Commision and industry groups, it is espected that modifications to the existing regulations covering fertilizers will introduce organic compost as a different category of fertilizer (it is still considered a "waste"). This will help set uniform standards across the EU on composition, labelling, packaging, safety and impact on the environment, as well as heavy metal content and other agronomic parameters. The aim of the revision is to clarify the standards for compost as well as to remove trade barriers and enable fertilisers to circulate freely onthe European market.

As a reminder, currently there is no harmonized EU legislation covering compost, and compost producers have to refer to each members State's legislation for details on local requirements on agronomic properties and heavy metal contents for compost.

A Study on the harmonization of EU legislation on fertilizers can be found on the EC's website indicated bellow.
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Fujitsu launches the M440 "Eco-Mouse" the first compostable computer mouse that completes the KBPC PX ECO "Eco-keyboard". The device was launch in January, so we are a little bit late with the news, but as not many people know about this we still want to introduce it on our G+ page.

Even if the device is not fully compostable, its a step forward in the road to reduce e-waste and we look forward to see other manufacturers follow!

for more info see link bellow.
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Conference on Sustainable Management of Municipal Waste in Hong Kong
March 12th, 2012. (Partial report)

KCS Engineering attended the conference, below are the main speakers and conclusions:

Mr. AU Wai Kwong, JP Assistant (NatureConservation and Infrastructure Planning) of the EPD (Environmental Protectiondepartment).

Mr.Au introduced the general guidelines for waste treatment in Hong Kong as wellas a short analysis on available technologies and choices made by the EPD. According to Mr. Au there will be no short term changes in Hong Kong’s waste handling policies, namely incineration and anaerobic digestion in centralized plants. Acomparis on of conventional incineration and Arc on Plasma treatments was given,with reliability and available experience the main reasons for favoring conventional incineration.

Ms. CHUNG Shan Shan, Program Director fort he MSc in Environmental and Public Health Management at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ms.Chung analyzed the proposals set by the EPD in the Public Consultation on “Strengthening Waste Reduction: Is Waste Charging an Option?” While there is no question on the need of introducing a MSW charging system in Hong Kong, Ms. Chung favored a quantity based waste charging system on all sectors (commercial and individual) as the only effective way to reduce the waste generated by Hong Kong residents. Issues such as the regressive nature of such a charge (meaning it penalizes low revenue households) as well as difficulties dealing with enforcement were also raised but in conclusion and taking Taipei as a regional role model in waste handling,such charging system is according to Ms. Chung the right way to go. Ms. Chung also underlined the urgent need for new legislation limiting and taxing unnecessary packaging as a fundamental step in utilizing resources better and tackling waste. For anybody interested the full consultation papers please see bellow.

Mr. Vincent WOON, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Mr.Woon offered the audience an introduction to “Life Cycle Assessment” and “Life Cycle Cost” analysis as scientific methods to measure, quantify and qualify the financial, environmental and human impacts of different Municipal Solid Waste handling technologies in Hong Kong.

Prof. MING Hung Wong Chair Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Honorary Director of Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences.

Prof.Ming reviewed the global flows of electronic waste, and how legal tightening by Mainland China’s Government is diverting e-waste from China’s traditional e-waste treatment centers in Canton (Guangdong) and Chekiang (Zhejiang) to countries with lower environmental law enforcement, namely Vietnam, India, The Philippines and other less developed countries. Health and environmental effects of current e-waste recycling practices, such as open air burning of electronic cards, metal melting, etc where studied over a period of 6 years, with significant levels of Dioxins, heavy metals and other less well known compounds affecting large populations in e-waste recycling areas. Prof. Ming also reminded the audience on Hong Kong’s lacking e-waste recycling strategy, with most waste being stored in the New Territories.

Mr. Samuel KWONG, Group EHS Manager of JohnSwire & Sons.
Mr.Kwong made a short presentation on Swire Pacific’s Waste Management Strategy, focusing on initiatives implemented by the company to recycle PET bottles, reduce the use of concrete in construction projects, and paperless administration within the corporation.

Mr. Edmund LAU, Managing Director of EC Group.
For those unfamiliar with the recent controversy on incineration in Hong Kong, I would like to mention that several groups are advocating the construction of Arc on Plasma Systems as alternatives to conventional incineration systems being planned and deployed by the territory’s government. Mr.Lau is a co-inventor of Plasma Systems for treating hazardous and non-recyclable waste. Mr Lau showcased the technology as an efficient, viable and environmental friendly alternative to incineration, as extremely high temperatures (between 3.000 and 10.000 degrees) avoid the release of dioxins and furans and allow for the recovery of usable by-products. Mr. Lau did not claim that his technology is suited for treating large volumes of waste but rather that it is a solution for treating the small portion of waste that is not recyclable.

Unfortunately we couldn’t follow the last 2 sessions by Mr.Kalvin TSE, from Bestrong International Limited on “Turning Municipal Waste into Storable Energy” , and Mr. Edwin LAU, Director – General Affairs, Friends of the Earth (HK) on “Waste no Waste”.
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