Med4Waste facilitated the visit of two municipalities from Jordan and Lebanon to Cordoba to learn about reuse strategies and sustainable waste management
Thanks to the funding from the ENI CBC MED Programme, the REUSEMED project has successfully implemented innovative reuse circuits in Spain, Jordan, Tunisia, and Italy. These initiatives have not only showcased the sustainability of reusing and repairing items instead of purchasing new ones but also fostered social cohesion and generated employment opportunities within the participating communities.
Building on the valuable knowledge and experience gained, the Med4Waste mentoring scheme, coordinated by MedCities, is working to extend the project's impact to new territories. During the final event of the REUSEMED project in Córdoba, which took place on the 3rd and 4th May 2023, representatives from Deir Qanon el Naher (Lebanon) and Madaba (Jordan), had the chance to directly know about reuse experiences in Mediterranean cities such as Deir Alla, Capannori, Sakiet Ezzit, and engage in twinning activities with the local government of Córdoba. This exchange facilitated the sharing of best practices and collaboration among the participating cities, fostering a broader implementation of sustainable waste management strategies.
Deir Qanoun el Naher Municipality is actively pursuing circular and sustainable practices through the MED4Waste mentoring scheme, focusing on waste reduction and resource efficiency to create a more sustainable future. The city of Madaba in Jordan will receive support to address local waste management challenges, aiming to improve waste reduction and recycling practices for a cleaner and healthier environment.
The city of Córdoba, as the host of the event, organized a tour to showcase its own initiatives promoting reuse. Participants had the chance to explore the Free Books initiative, a dedicated reuse workshop and repair center, swop boxes for kids' toys and domestic items, and even a canine swop box for reusing pet-related items. Additionally, they knew about the approach of the city in relation to organic waste management through community composting and the utilization of the compost in community gardens.
On the second day of the visit, delegates from Deir Qanon ElNaher and Madaba had meeting with the environmental department of Córdoba city council. The council shared their experience in developing a participatory climate change adaptation plan for the city. The delegations also had the opportunity to visit Córdoba's waste separation plant, where they witnessed both automated and manual systems employed to effectively separate different types of plastics from other materials and organic matter.