Prague will collect gastro-waste from school canteens. It wants to increase the share of sorted waste – ČT24 – Czech Television
We try to use the service, for example, the Bubeneč Business Academy. “The gastronomic waste was taken away from us by the Prague services for a fee. Which new contract allows us to take away for free, “said school principal Radka Nováková.
“The main benefit for us is that someone will take care of the waste that we desperately handled ourselves,” for the time being Jaroslav Mervínský, director of the Na Vítězné pláni Grammar School. “Above all, we will lose our worries,” Mervínský added.
28 schools, which are being set up by the capital and have their own canteen, have shown interest in collecting gastro-waste. They are mostly grammar schools and high schools. The reason for the new collection of gastro-waste is the new law on waste valid from 1 January 2021. “In this law, municipalities, as waste generators, have set very ambitious goals associated with achieving the rate of municipal waste sorting,” said Hlubuček.
Municipalities must thus obtain that 55% of any amount of municipal waste is recyclable in 2025 and up to 65 percent 10 years later. At present, according to Hlubučka, the amount of sorting will reach approximately 30 percent in the whole of Prague.
Biogas is produced from gastro waste
Class municipal waste includes not only standardly collected components such as paper, plastics, glass, but also, for example, biodegradable waste from kitchens and canteens, edible oil and fat or clothing and textile materials. “Therefore, if we want to think responsibly in the coming years on meeting the statutory classification rate, we must also focus on the collection of these usable components,” added Hlubuček.
According to Petra Novotný, an expert on the energy use of biodegradable waste from the Institute of Circular Economics, the project is still in its infancy. According to him, he should target a larger number of institutions in the future. “But if Prague wants to meet its commitment, it must extend the collection to the whole of Prague and ensure the same for sole traders or supermarkets,” Novotný pointed out.
The project contract is concluded until 31 December 2022 between the capital and the Prague service company that provides the collection. Gastrowaste will travel to biogas stations in Přibyšice, where biogas will be produced from it.