DECOST: inauguration of a community composter in Anabta, Palestine

Tahseen Sayara

The municipal authorities of Anabta, in Palestine, have finally inaugurated the large community composter that will complement the composters already installed in the village thanks to the DECOST project. The Palestinian team of this project funded by the ENI CBC Med programme has worked very closely since the begining with the local authorities, to ensure the success of the pilot in the short, medium and long term, which is why this event was a cause for celebration for all. 


The Palestinian pilot is working to introduce and spread around the region that composting can be a feasible strategy to deal with the management of all the urban organic waste produced in small towns. This is one of the first experiences of its kind in Palestine, and although the use of composters to deal with organic waste management is a widely known topic, its application to real conditions must always go through some phases of training and acceptance by the population involved in the project.

The implementation of the pilot has been accompanied by an intense dissemination campaign among many groups, schools and people interested in the new waste management systems that can be incorporated into the Palestinian reality. This has made it possible to monitor the degree of user satisfaction, which is currently very high, as well as to collect suggestions for improvement and react quickly to improve the system.