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
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

9
Partners
6
Countries
16
Technical outputs

Project duration

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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 
     
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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”

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DECOST project is looking for staff in Israel!

Deadline for submitting applications is 30/09/2020.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.