USD 250,000 over the next five years. That’s how much Novozymes Biologicals in Salem, Virginia, will be donating to the public project Greener Paths. Volunteers from Novozymes will help to translate this donation into more than 25 miles of cycle paths and footpaths linking the area’s residential quarters, parks, industrial facilities, hospital, sports complex and so on. It is hoped that the project will not only benefit the local environment but also contribute to the area’s economic development.

“This project is an example of how public-private partnerships can be used to improve local inhabitants’ quality of life while also contributing to a more sustainable future, which ties in very well with what Novozymes is all about,” says Ted Melnik, vice president at Novozymes.
Besides money and labour, Novozymes will also be donating its Transplant One Step product which will help the trees planted along the new paths to survive their first year and grow faster.

Fertilisers and woodchips from waste products
In Franklinton, North Carolina, Novozymes has won a prize for an ‘Outstanding Composting or Organics Recycling Program’ for its work since December 2004 on making good use of waste materials from production. The Green Releaf project uses pallets and other unwanted wood to produce woodchips and sawdust, and food waste and residues from enzyme production to produce raw materials for use in fertilisers.

Each year 30,000 tons of fertiliser materials and 20,000 tons of woodchips are produced. The project also involves Novozymes helping to teach children at local schools about the best ways of composting and recycling waste.

Denmark too
Novozymes is also doing its bit for the local environment in Denmark. In Kalundborg production waste is used to produce the fertiliser NovoGro®, which is supplied free of charge to farmers across the island of Zealand, saving them the cost of buying in fertiliser.

Meanwhile the production facility at Nørrebro in Copenhagen has managed to eliminate the odour problems which its production used to cause for local inhabitants.

Novozymes in Kalundborg is also part of the 'industrial symbiosis' project, a network of six process industry companies in Kalundborg and the municipality. The idea is for the six companies to make use of each other’s byproducts. One company’s byproduct can be an important resource for another, and the project has resulted in reduced resource consumption and reduced environmental impacts. It is currently one of only a few projects of its kind in the world.