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Cordenons, the new waste treatment plant has been inaugurated

Herambiente: inauguration of the new waste treatment plant in Cordenons

On Saturday 29th June in Cordenons (Vinchiaruzzo), in the province of Pordenone, a new plant for the treatment of non-hazardous waste was inaugurated. It was conceived and built on the basis of the most advanced experiences in this sector at a national level, in line with the increase of plants provided for in the Regional Plan for the Management of Special Waste.
The plant - destined primarily to receive waste from the treatment cycle of urban and assimilated waste from plants located in the region - is divided into eight cells, four of which are close to testing, and in total will be able to treat a total of about 700,000 tons of waste in approximately 7 years (2019-2026).

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region Massimiliano Fedriga, the main local institutions and the top management of the multiutility and Herambiente, Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano, Executive Chairman of the Hera Group and Andrea Ramonda, CEO of Herambiente. This is a step that further strengthens the Group's presence in the region, adding another important plant to the existing ones, such as the waste-to-energy plant in Trieste and the C&I waste storage and management plant in San Vito al Tagliamento, all managed by Herambiente. The Cordenons plant is worth a total investment of over 16 million euro and will be an important safety element for the environmental management of the territory, with the aim of responding to the growing demand for the proper treatment of waste from the local economic system.

The plant has been built and will be managed by Herambiente, a company of the Hera Group, the leading national operator in the environmental sector with millions of tons of waste managed each year and 89 plants owned throughout Italy.

Commitment to environmental safety

From the point of view of environmental safety, the most interesting aspect of the landfill is certainly the waterproofing system prepared for the bottom of the cells and designed in compliance with all current regulations.
The system consists first of all of an extremely impermeable layer of compacted clay, rigorously controlled and tested thanks to numerous field tests. In addition, in order to complete the waterproofing of the substrate, high-density polyethylene sheets were laid, welded together using a controlled and certified thermal process, to guarantee the total absence of weak points. The leachate, consisting of rainwater that comes into contact with the waste, will be collected at the bottom through a draining layer of aggregates and perforated pipes, and then be extracted and conveyed to the storage tanks, from which it will be transported to the appropriate treatment plants.
The waste delivered to the new plant will allow the production of biogas that will be collected and treated with the use of the best technologies and then, on the basis of technical assessments on the quantity and quality, will be evaluated the possibility of energy recovery.

A certified plant to protect quality, environment and safety

Waste management will be carried out without compromising the quality of the surrounding environment. The Hera Group, always working in close contact with local administrations, carries out its activities with the utmost respect for the territory and pursuing solutions with the lowest overall impact on the environment.
This commitment is also expressed through the implementation of all the tools necessary to contribute to the protection and safeguarding of the environment, resources, health and safety of workers. Herambiente's certifications demonstrate the attention it has always paid to these issues of quality, environment and safety. In fact, the company has implemented an integrated management system certified according to UNI EN ISO 14001, 9001, OHSAS 18001 and has obtained EMAS registration for 18 plant sites, corresponding to more than 30 waste treatment plants. These certifications will be extended to the new Cordenons plant in the coming months.

Collaboration with the Cordenons Naturalistic Association to harmonize plant and territory

The plant site is close to a natural area of primary importance for both the city and the region: the "Special Protection Area - Magredi di Pordenone" which includes the "Special Conservation Area - Resurgences of Vinchiaruzzo". In this context of environmental value Herambiente actively collaborates with the actors of the territory, in particular with the Naturalistic Association of Cordenons, in order to preserve and enhance the natural habitat of the place. Today the area of the Resurgences can already be partially visited following a route of about 1 km and in fact there are many schools, but also citizens who decide to walk surrounded by nature, to study and admire the local fauna and flora. In order to further enhance the natural characteristics of the area, a 9-year environmental improvement project (from 2020 to 2028) has been planned, which will involve a further 15 hectares of land, now heavily man-made, with the aim of restoring the original state of the area through specific work and the reintroduction of the native flora. Herambiente will financially support the entire project, while the operational management will be carried out by the Naturalistic Association of Cordenons. All this has the objective of protecting and enhancing the natural environment, promoting its knowledge by the citizens.
For this reason Herambiente and the Association are designing a visitor route full of information panels to indicate the main points of interest and further improve the experience of visiting this area.

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