Decentralised Composting in Small Towns

About the project

Municipal waste management, one of the major environmental challenges for the Mediterranean area, is directly affected by population growth and concentration, urbanization and tourism. DECOST project aims to develop a new framework of waste management, building a closed-loop system of organic waste valorisation, integrating decentralised home and community composting systems with urban agriculture. This goal can only be achieved by using a people-centered approach, empowering civil society and increasing institutional capacity building. Thanks to DECOST, Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Plans and pilot initiatives will be implemented in 4 different municipalities in order to reduce food waste, treat 1,500-2,000 tons of organic waste/year and use the produced compost in urban agriculture projects.

Key information

Decentralised Composting in Small Towns
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.2 Waste management
Spain, Italy, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Greece

Financial data

3 million
Total budget
2.2 million
EU contribution
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What will be improved?

Besides diverting a significant amount of organic waste from being disposed of in landfills, the DECOST project will foster food security and accessibility thanks to the support of urban agriculture initiatives. Citizens, especially children, and households, will be encouraged to adopt sustainable behaviours through IT tools and big data analysis.

Who will benefit?

  • Managers and technical staff of 5 municipalities (Al-Sarow, Jordan; Shefa-Amr, Israel;  Tulkarem, Palestine; Venosa, Italy; Vic, Spain) 
  • People living in the target areas/neighbourhoods of the pilot municipalities, civil associations and NGOs, waste management agencies 

Expected achievements

  • 4 new Integrated Municipal Waste Management Plans designed
  • 4 composting plants created
  • 1,500 - 2,000 tons/year of total waste recycling capacity installed
  • 1 smartphone application allowing citizens to monitor their environmental performance in terms of waste sorting and recycling 
  • 40 municipal staff trained 
  • 1 business plan to foster the long-term economic viability of the recycling system developed 

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