DECOST
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

DECOST
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
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

9
Partners
6
Countries
16
Technical outputs

Project duration

Start date
End date

Partnership

News

Events

Library

Project outputs

Documents

Videos

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 
     
block-description

Project news

DECOST project showcased in the “Sustainable Solutions at Times of Transition (SuST)" International Symposium

Representatives of the University of Patras participated in the International Symposium and Workshops ““Sustainable Solutions at Times of Tr…

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Read the project newsletter to know more about community composting in Mediterranean towns

Stay tuned about the progress of the DECOST community composting pilots in Spain, Italy Palestine and Jordan thanks to our 8th newsletter

block-description

Project news

DECOST participates in an awareness campaign on sustainable tourism and shows the importance of the Circular Economy and Composting

The purpose of the event was to inform the local community of the Municipality of Aigialeia, in Greece, a…

block-description

Project news

DECOST: inauguration of a community composter in Anabta, Palestine

The pilot of the decost project in Palestine adds a community option to the network of composters already deployed in the town of Anabta.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Public presentation in Potenza, Basilicata, to the future users of the community composting pilot

The users of the shared urban gardens in Potenza will be the main beneficiaries of the pilot test of the DECOST project in Italy

block-description

Project news

Greece: DECOST showcases pilots as an example of new waste logistics management models

The presentation was made during the Session “Sustainable urban planning” of the CEMEPE/SECOTOX 2022 conference, to present part of the work that University of Patras’ team ha…

block-description

Project news

The DECOST team in Israel strengthens relations with the municipality of Shefa-Amr

A workshop organised by The Galilee Society highlighted the need for connection and the collaboration with local administrations to increase the impact of the DECOST project.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: New scientific publication based on the composting pilot experience in Palestine

Anabta's case study is enabling the study of social factors and prospects for participation in the project. The results showed that people in the target area are welcomin…

block-description

Project news

The DECOST project organises activities in Vic during the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)

The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) has been celebrated all over the world, also in the DECOST community composting pilots in Sp…

block-description

Project news

DECOST: The new Mayor of Anabta is informed about the composting pilot in Palestine

The Mayor expressed his interest in further cooperation with the Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie team to continue the work, and to ensure the success of the project

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Stay tuned about the composting pilots across the Mediterranean

Stay tuned about the progress of the DECOST community composting pilots in Palestine and Jordan. To know more: read our 7th newsletter

block-description

Project news

DECOST participates in the “Spring Tulkarm Carnival & Exhibition” at Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie

Some innovation projects from palestinian universities were presented in the exhibition, being the DECOST composting units one of the elemen…

block-description

Project news

DECOST workshop in the Verde.tec Forum organized in Athens, Greece

The University of Patras organized the Workshop, “Sustainability and circular economy: The contribution of composting”. during the 4th International Exhibition "Verde.tec…

block-description

Project news

DECOST: demonstration activity about composting in American School of Beita, Palestine

Thanks to the DECOST project, this educational institution will incorporate composting units in its own facilities.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: participation in “the National Day for Palestinian Environment” Conference and Exhibition in Palestine

Visitors and authorithies had the opportunity to see and touch one of the composters that the DECOST project is creating to implement its pi…

block-description

Project news

Waste management: DECOST participates in the kick-off event of the SIRCLES project in Catalonia

Joan Colón presented the positive impact of the DECOST pilots and its experience with community composting in Mediterranean towns

block-description

Project news

DECOST 6th newsletter focuses in the recent activity of dissemination of the experience gained in organic waste management

Dissemination activities continue in all the countries of the consortium, while the Italian pilot continues to make progress.

block-description

Project news

DECOST starts collaboration with the Med4Waste project to capitalise on its results for waste management

A recent meeting was held between the DECOST, REUSEMED, MED-InA, CLIMA and CEOMED projects.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Training in Potenza, Italy, for the future users of the new organic waste management system

The course counted with the participation of the future users of the community composting pilot and other citizens interested in composting.

block-description

Project news

DECOST project participates in the PATRAS Innovation Quest exhibition, Greece

The annual PATRAS IQ Exhibition promotes the interconnection of top research/technological achievements of the academic and research community and the private sector

block-description

Project news

Palestine: Community composting implemented by DECOST project in the municipality of Anabta is rapidly expanding

After the confirmation of the satisfaction of the first users of the new composters, the system will be extended to more households.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: School kids in Anabta, Palestine, learned about waste management and composting

The students expressed their will to apply more composting experiences at their local school.

block-description

Project news

DECOST 5th newsletter focuses on new waste management system in Jordan and Palestine

Discover how the project is engaging a wide range of stakeholders in Palestine and Jordan in the implementation of a new waste management system.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: training lectures in Jordan schools about waste management and composting

Dr. Munir gave lectures and training materials to students of the 9th and 10th grade on the subject of “Solid waste Management and Composting of Municipal Solid Organic Waste”

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Schools in Anabta, Palestine, will introduce content about composting in their educational plans

Lessons to students about waste management, the environmental situation in Palestine and its effects on people, agriculture and weather will…

block-description

Project news

Jordan: DECOST trains NGOs to support the implementation of new composting system

The installation of new composting sites is supprted by a series of training about management of municipal organic waste.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: School kids learned about composting during the European Researchers' Night

The Spanish pilot in Masies de Roda receiced the visit of young students who had the opportunity to learn about composting and waste management.

block-description

Project news

DECOST involves influential women from Anabta, Palestine in waste reduction and recycling awarness campaign

The project is engaging active women from some associations in the public awareness activities about composting and waste management.

block-description

Project news

Palestine: the municipality of Anabta steps up its efforts in the management of organic waste thanks to DECOST project

An intense awareness campaign is about to start to make composting the main strategy for the management of organic waste.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Introductory workshops with young volunteers in Palestine about composting

A group of young volunteers was trained to support the residents of the town of Anbata in the implementation of the new organic waste management system.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Tender for the supply and installation of home and community units for composting

Palestine Technical University Khedouri announces the tendering procedure for the supply and installation of home and community units for composting.

block-description

Project news

DECOST implements a first of it's kind community composting system in Jordan

The project will create 70 community composting sites along the Municipality of Al Saru

block-description

Project news

DECOST: open tender in Palestine to implement a market analysis study

Consultancy services are required to implement a market analysis study related with municipal organic waste management systems. Deadline: 12/08/2021

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Stay tuned about the composting pilots across the Mediterranean

Stay tuned about the progress of the DECOST community composting pilots in Palestine and Jordan. To know more: read our newsletter

block-description

Project news

DECOST: Capitalization meeting on waste management with stakeholders in Al Rafid, Jordan

The Al Rafid Women Association, in Jordan, invited the DECOST Jordanian partners to present the project and its goals

block-description

Project news

Palestine: DECOST implements first ever large-scale composting system in the region of Tulkarem

The new composting system allows to manage the organic waste of the municipalities of Anabta and Kafr Rumman.

block-description

Project news

Spain: DECOST raises awareness of primary schools’ students on organic waste composting

Young students from the municipality of ‘Les Masies de Roda’ were introduced to the community composting approach implemented by DECOST project.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: open tender in Palestine and Jordan to implement a market analysis study

Consultancy services are required to implement a market analysis study related with municipal organic waste management systems.

block-description

Project news

DECOST: First compost distributed to local residents participating in the Spanish pilot activity

In Les Masies de Roda, Spain the first bags of compost produced entirely from the organic waste have been distributed to local residents,

block-description

Project news

DECOST: 120 families to benefit from new community composting system in the city of Vic, Spain

If successful, the new system for organic waste management will be permanently integrated in the city waste management model.

block-description

Project news

DECOST project is looking for staff in Spain!

The BETA Technological Center is looking for staff to support the management of the DECOST pilot site in Spain.

block-description

Project news

The second newsletter of the DECOST project is out!

Stay informed about the progress of the DECOST pilot experiences in Spain, Italy, Palestine and Jordan through our project newsletter.

block-description

Project news

Excellent results of DECOST pilot implementation in Masies de Roda

The DECOST pilot activity in Les Masies de Roda, Spain allowed the development of an innovative combination of waste collection. First results are really optimistic.

block-description

Project news

DECOST project to implement community composting in Palestine

The town of Anabta, in the region of Tulkarem, is moving quickly toward the full implemenation of a new model based on community composting to deal with organic waste.

block-description

Project news

University of Basilicata, Italy has joined the DECOST project partnership

The University of Basilicata is a new member of the DECOST partnership, to reinforce the implementation of the project in Italy.

block-description

Project news

The first newsletter of the DECOST project is out!

Stay informed about the progress of the DECOST pilot experiences in Spain, Italy, Palestine and Jordan through our project newsletter.

block-description

Project news

DECOST to improve the waste management system of the municipality of Les Masies de Roda, Spain

A network of 15 community composters will be installed in the municipality, which will allow to treat 100% of the organic waste.

block-description

Project news

DECOST project is looking for staff in Israel!

Deadline for submitting applications is 30/09/2020.

block-description

Project news

You can now subscribe to the DECOST newsletter!

The DECOST newsletter will allow you to stay up to date with the pilot experiences on organic waste management that will start soon.

block-description

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.

block-description

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.

block-description

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.

block-description

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.

block-description

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.

block-description

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.

block-description

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.

Projects view