What’s new in biowaste sorting?

Posted on 15 July 2016.

To meet the new waste challenges, and in particular packaged bio-waste, the start-up Green CREATIVE has developed innovative sorting solutions.

Without the packaging, the biowaste processed by the FlexiDry machine can be composted or anaerobically digested.

Green growth is the source of some great “made in France” stories. Like the one about the Sucy-en-Brie plant which designed, manufactures and markets Green CREATIVE’s FlexiDry depackaging machine. Not only has this small business not suffered from the crisis, but it has been collecting awards since it began in 2010.

Winner of the Cleantech Open France in 2015, a French Tech ambassador during the COP21, the "Jury’s favorite" award and a special mention for “fighting climate change" in the Business and Environment Awards in 2015... The list just keeps growing.

It has to be said that the innovative young company founded in 2010 by Lucile Noury-Soyer and Rémi Gomez, both ENSAM engineers, has developed some novel technical solutions in the field of recycling and waste recovery. The first invention, the FlexiDry, is a depackaging machine that separates organic waste - from the food industry and supermarkets - from its packaging.

The machine operates on the basis of a unique three-step process: perforating to open the packaging, rolling to extract the residual product and brushing to clean the packaging output. As it separates the organic waste from its packaging - whatever it may be - the machine is able to optimize recycling.

Another innovation. This new generation depackaging machine requires no water and does not shred the waste, which is advantageous in 2 respects: it saves resources and the sorting is better. The resulting good quality biowaste can then be transformed into biogas and fertilizer on biogas plants and composting sites– and the packaging can be recycled too. The FlexiDry is able to handle between 3,000 and 10,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Attracted by the innovative and highly competitive FlexiDry, Veolia has been supporting the development of the industrial concept since 2013. And in practical terms, Veolia’s operational composting and biogas center - located near Orleans and handling 6,000 tonnes of organic waste per year - is currently testing a FlexiDry machine. Green CREATIVE has also partnered with the composting site in the Aube region, a composting platform for organic and green waste from local authorities and industry, which was launched in 2002. A total of four machines are already in operation in France, and one has recently gone into operation in Switzerland.

At a time when the production of waste and unsold products represents up to 10% of the waste that needs to be processed, and given that the Grenelle II legislation on biowaste requires those producing more than 10 tonnes of bio-waste per year to sort, collect and recycle it, FlexiDry has several advantages: no or very little water used, an attractive price and the machine can be easily incorporated into existing processing units.

Designer recycling

Green CREATIVE’s thinking does not stop there. The company has also moved into our homes and offices. With cunning invention and cutting edge design, it has produced the R3D3. This smart robot-trashcan has invented connected recycling. Presented at the CES in Las Vegas, the mecca for high-tech and connected objects, the R3D3 is a circular economy work horse!

It is not only able to swallow 200 plastic bottles, 750 cans and 500 cups, separate and compact them automatically for recycling, it is also equipped with a Wi-Fi connection that communicates with the service providers - either for waste collection or for refilling vending machines. In the coming weeks Green CREATIVE customers will see 35 machines installed, with a target of 100 by the end of the year. It’s the perfect opportunity to prove that technology, sorting, and design are the perfect match!