DECOST: sharing the first results of the community composting pilot experience with the citizens in Basilicata, Italy

Giuseppina Mazzone

Last December, the DECOST project partners who are leading the implementation of the pilot experience about community composting in Basilicata, Italy, had a new opportunity to share the expectations of the new organic waste management system with local citizens. The presentation to the citizens of Atella was a significant opportunity to inform and educate the community about the new composters and the real-time monitoring tools that have been implemented to manage it. These tools are used to monitor and measure various parameters, such as temperature and emissions, and provide important information for the overall operation and management of the composter.

The event also served as a platform to create awareness about the importance of proper waste management and the role that citizens play in the success of the project. Furthermore, the presentation provided an opportunity to showcase the progress that has already been made in the city of Potenza and the benefits that have been achieved through this partnership. Overall, the event was an important step in promoting sustainable waste management practices and engaging the community in the efforts to protect the environment under projects like DECOST.

Community composting is a process where individuals and organizations in a community come together to collect and compost organic waste materials, such as food scraps and yard waste. In the Italian pilot of the DECOST project, it has been designed around a central location where citizens can deposit their waste. The finished compost can be used in community gardens, parks, or given back to residents for use in their own gardens.