How repurposing organic waste addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our guiding principles for a more socially and environmentally sustainable economy. BiobiN is committed to fully achieving the environmental and social benefits of composting and turning organic waste into a valuable resource.

Let us look at three of the SDGs and how composting meets some of the requirements of the SDGs, at least on a local scale.

SDG 2 (Towards Zero Hunger): Soil health, sustainable waste management and regenerative agriculture go hand-in-hand.Soil supports our food supply; it is, therefore, important that we support the health of our soils. Composting is a sustainable way to do this while keeping our food waste out of landfill.

SDG 9 (Industry innovation and infrastructure): In South Africa, waste management is welcoming some advanced alternative waste treatment (AWT) technologies, like large-scale industrial composting units. We are seeing a shift in attention to innovative waste management solutions and technology to divert waste from landfill, which is exactly what we do at BiobiN.

SDG 15 (Life on land): Conserving ecosystems and biodiversity is essential for human health, the economy, and our food systems. We are very reliant on the healthy functioning of ecosystems. One of the biggest threats to life on land is inefficient waste management and pollution (water, air and soil). To ensure biodiversity conservation, we need to implement waste diversion and pollution control measures more so than ever.

Circulating organic waste with composting units is a great approach that has environmental, social and economic benefits. If industry can do this on a large scale, we can make huge amounts of progress towards the targets under these three SDGs.

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