The company’s founder and inventor of SUPERCOMP, Reinhard Schmidl, was the municipal office director of a small Austrian town, and was instrumental in many environmental projects of this municipality, for example, at the world’s first energy saving fair, in natural flood retention basin projects – including Eco zone – and finally, also in the introduction of waste separation. The aim was to reduce the expensive and ecologically disadvantageous removal of organic waste as far as possible and to replace it with the composting.
However, although the population had been regularly informed via their town newspaper, in lectures and in compost parties, it always came down to the usual problems with the work of moving compost piles and the hygiene issue (odor, insects). The idea that there was enough knowledge about the proper way to set up a compost pile could also have been simply classified as “wishful thinking”, since instead of properly preparing and moving the piles, the new waste was simply thrown on top of everything – which led to the then following hygiene problems, malodors and insects.
The need for a new system for home composting was obvious and Schmidl began – for lack of alternatives – with the first development of SUPERCOMP, meant to eliminate these problems. From the basic idea to the present generation of SUPERCOMP, it was a long road with many development steps that often resulted in “dead ends”. But ultimately, the work has paid off, because precisely those problems of composting could be eliminated and dissolved with SUPERCOMP.
Schmidl helps many customers with his knowledge on various issues, even today. As he gained sufficient experience in regard to the composting for municipalities, he prefers to give advice in this sector.
The beginning of SUPERCOMP
Schmidl (here with his wife) at one of the many attempts at a farm in the Graz region in the 90s. Here, the varietal composting of horse manure was tested in experiments. Subsequently, the renowned Institute of Process Engineering of the University of Technology of Graz (Austria) accompanied Schmidl with its own developments, with test series for varietal composting of oranges, cut grass and tomato waste. Composting only one type of material is ranged somewhere between “difficult” and “impossible”. Here, too, functionality, practicability and efficiency could be proved.
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