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
Project co-financing


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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 

Project news

DECOST project on composting introduced to the residents of Kufr Rumman, Palestine

The project will reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, reintroducing the organic waste as fertilizer for urban agriculture.


Project news

DECOST: international open tender

The Jordan University of Science and Technology has launched an international tender to purchase the equipment for the DECOST pilot site in Jordan.


Project news

06 May 2020
DECOST project is looking for staff in Greece!

The University of Patras is looking to fill in 4 positions to perform research, technical and management activities under the DECOST project.


Project news

22 April 2020
The first scientific publication elaborated by the DECOST project is available in Open Access

The DECOST project has allowed the publication of a scientific paper about Decentralized Community Composting in Italy, with a focus on the region of Basilacata.


Project news

26 February 2020
Palestine: Anabta municipality will host will host the pilot site of the DECOST project

The Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie and the Anabta municipality have signed an agreement for the implementation of the DECOST pilot site in Palestine.


Project news

24 January 2020
Job vacancy at the Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie under the DECOST project

The Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie is seeking a highly qualified Project Manager to join the DECOST team.


Project news

11 November 2019
Job vacancy in Vic under the DECOST project

The BETA technological Center of the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, lead beneficiary of the DECOST project, is looking for an expert in treatment and valorization of organic waste.