Waste, Montello: 400 million euros invested in sustainability by 2025

“We have foreseen investments of 400 million euros in sustainability that can be spent entirely by 2025 if the Lombardy Region will support us with authorizations issued within the minimum timeframe envisaged by the Regulations”. So underlines Roberto Sancinelli, president and CEO of Montello, determined to keep the company at the top of national and international excellence, on the occasion of the ‘Second Regional Forum for Sustainable Development’ promoted by the Lombardy Region. To date, over 1 million tons / year of waste from the separate collection of post-consumer and organic wet plastic packaging (Forsu) are transferred to the recycling plants of Montello SpA in input from which 80% become new in output products such as biomethane, carbon dioxide for food, organic fertilizer and secondary plastic raw materials.

The 20% which are decaying residues from production activities are sent to energy recovery and landfill at third party plants authorized for their disposal. “I would like to underline – continues Sancinelli – that the recycling index of 80% in output is already well above the 65% forecast by 2030 by the European Union. Furthermore, the applied recycling processes are considered carbon negative. In fact, Montello also recovers the CO2 generated by the processes which, when suitably treated, is used in the beverage for carbonation “.

“We are working to close the circle of recycling activities, in line with the full direction of the circular economy, on the energy enhancement of decaying residues from our activities. produced using fossil natural gas “.

Furthermore, a plant for the molecular disintegration of plastics will be built from which a product will be generated to be used also in the cracking process for the production of new plastics. A 4.5 MW photovoltaic system will also be installed on the warehouses.

Finally, a project for the production of both green and blue hydrogen, which will also be made available to Fnm – Ferrovie nord Milano – for the pilot project of the Valle Camonica train and for the interurban tram projects of the Seriana and Brembana Valleys as well as for destination of natural methane gas transportation network for other uses.

“We hope that the legislature regarding recycling activities will not cut its wings on the waste-resource market and therefore on the competition that are the basis of development and technological innovation, and will not do the opposite of assistance, the costs of which then, they would fall on the citizens “concludes Sancinelli.