INALCA promotes, wherever possible, the reduction at the source of waste production and their maximum recovery and reuse. For many years INALCA, thanks to a careful and scrupulous separate collection activity in its production sites, starts to recover 99% of the waste it produces.

Anaerobic digestion plant

Since 2016, two new anaerobic digestive plants of the Group are active: the first agricultural plant has entered into full regime, managed by its subsidiary Azienda Agricola Corticella with a power of 0,3 MW, which allows the recovery and the energetic valorisation of the manure of the bovines bred. It is important to emphasise that, unlike other similar plants that are based on potentially alimentary plant matrices such as corn, the INALCA agricultural plant uses only non-food matrices without competing and subtracting resources from human food and animal feed. The second plant, located in the industrial complex of Pegognaga (Mn) with a capacity of 0,5 MW, entered the Group’s structure due to the acquisition of UNIPEG – ASSOFOOD thereby increasing the quota of internally recovered waste while increasing the domestic production of energy from renewable sources. In 2016, with this new plant design, a total of 68,000 metric tons of biomass yearly energy will be devoted to energy valorisation.

Biogas treatments and composting

Through its subsidiary SARA, INALCA manages a composting plant capable, among other things, of recovering some types of waste by obtaining agricultural products. Among the waste processed into compost are the final products obtained from the anaerobic digestion plants. The combination of biogas and composting treatments therefore allows INALCA the complete and integrated management of its waste: from waste production to its full re-use and regeneration into sustainable agriculture products.