Employing circular economy approach for OFMSW management within the Mediterranean countries

About the project

Hundreds of local open markets are distributed across the Mediterranean region. Local open market waste management, which represents a big challenge for the area, is directly affected by population growth and concentration, urbanization and tourism. For instance, the waste flow rate varies from 3 to 5 and 10 to 12 tons per day in the open markets located in Sfax (Tunisia) and Amman (Jordan), respectively. In view of the large influx of inhabitants expected in urban areas (72% of the population of the Mediterranean region will probably be living in urban areas in 2025), the sustainable management of waste in markets is now a priority. CEOMED aims to reduce municipal waste generation, promote source-separated collection and the optimal exploitation of the organic component by recovering energy and recycling nutrients. Additionally, the project will train local stakeholders, i.e. consumers, sellers, the informal sector of waste collecting, scholars, farmers, technical and administrative staff, to make sure they have the knowledge and skills to contribute to improving waste management. 

Key information

Employing circular economy approach for OFMSW management within the Mediterranean countries
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.2 Waste management
Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Tunisia

Financial data

3.1 million
Total budget
2.8 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

The project will lead to the design of new waste management plans in the cities of Amman and Sfax which focus and address separately the waste produced from fruits and vegetables wholesale markets. Following a circular approach, the organic fraction of waste from markets will be treated by a biological process (anaerobic digestion) using the digestate as a fertilizer in the farms that provide fresh products to the local markets.

Who will benefit?

  • Managers of local markets
  • 500 businesses using the markets daily to buy and sell fresh products
  • 2,500 daily customers 
  • Technical and administrative staff from the municipalities of Amman and Sfax 
  • Local farmers

Expected achievements

  • 1 specific methodology developed for the efficient collection, separation, and exploitation of waste from open-air markets 
  • 2 pilot anaerobic digesters for organic waste valorization installed at fruits/vegetable wholesale markets in Amman and Sfax
  • 750 tons/year as total waste recycling capacity installed 
  • 1,500 tons of biodegradable waste reused as fertilizers
  • 2 new plans for integrated management of waste from open-air markets

Project news

25 May 2020
Do you want to meet the faces of CEOMED? Part 3: the Spanish Research Council (CSIC)

Fernando G. Fermoso is a tenured scientist at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). He has broad expertise in biotechnologies for energy production (from wastewaters, solid waste and energy crops) and aerobic and anaerobic wastewater technologies. He …


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21 May 2020
[CEOMED] Tender to audit the Lead Beneficiary of the project

The lead beneficiary of the CEOMED project - Optimización Orientada a la Sostenibilidad S.L. -  intends to award a contract to an external auditor to conduct the Expenditure Verification Report procedures during the implementation of the project. The…


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03 May 2020
Do you want to meet the faces of CEOMED? Part 2

CEOMED is a project about the valorisation of waste from open-local markets to obtain energy and fertilisers and develop an entire process with the objective of Zero waste.


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28 April 2020
Meet the faces of CEOMED project? Part 1

Stefano Papirio from the University of Naples Federico II discusses the use anaerobic digestion for the treatment of organic waste.


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12 February 2020
Job vacancy at University of Naples under the CEOMED project

The deadline for receiving applications is 3rd of March 2020.


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05 February 2020
CEOMED project: PhD and post-doctoral positions at the Democritus University of Thrace

The Democritus University of Thrace is hiring one PhD candidate and two post-doctoral researchers in the framework of the CEOMED project.


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04 February 2020
Job vacancy at the University of Jordan under the CEOMED project

The University of Jordan is looking for a research assistant. The deadline for sending applications is 23rd March 2020.


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10 December 2019
Waste management in Mediterranean open-air markets: launch of the CEOMED project​

The CEOMED project aims to develop an entire chain of valorization of the solid fraction of organic waste produced in open-air markets.

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