Chile's government palace installs organics biodigester

Chile's government palace installs organics biodigester

Decision-makers hope to raise awareness, ‘drive sustainability initiatives that can be modeled in other Latin American countries.’

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Power Knot, a global organic waste solutions company headquartered in San Jose, California, has announced the installation of a LFC biodigester at the El Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago, Chile.

The decision by La Moneda staff to install the LFC-300, which can digest 660 to 1,200 pounds of food scrap per day, was driven by the government’s ongoing commitment to raise national awareness about how recycling at a local level can have national impact, Power Knot says in a news release.

“Our principle objective is to reduce our negative impact on the environment through many different and integrated actions to help eliminate waste on our planet,” says Susana Soto, administrative department officer at La Moneda. “We hope to raise awareness about sustainable living by sending a clear message that today we must start working for the future so that our children and grandchildren have a tomorrow as promising as the one we inherited yesterday.”

Chile has been one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies in recent decades, advancing 3.6 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2018 following a downward 2.6 growth in the previous period. Growth has been driven by mostly private sector, lower interest rates and higher copper prices, according to World Bank. The growth is as an “important test case in how best to forge links between the government, people and businesses to drive sustainability initiatives that can be modeled in other Latin American countries,” the release says.

“Chile is in the vanguard of efforts to shape a new generation of green consumers in Latin America, where rising living standards are increasingly reproducing the consumption habits found in the developed world,” says Power Knot President Iain Milnes. “La Moneda is setting the right example by showing how the public and private sectors can reduce carbon emissions and eliminate the costs of transporting waste food to a landfill.”

Power Knot LFC biodigesters and SBT bin tippers have also recently been installed in Canada’s Department of National Defence and the Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, as well as military bases and correctional facilities in the United States.