Decentralized Composting in Small to medium Towns

New decentralised composting site implemented in one of the DECOST pilot sites

Project Summary: 

Waste management is a cornerstone in the effort to preserve Mediterranean cities and ensure a healthy living environment. The growth limits faced by Mediterranean cities require intelligent, sustainable and inclusive urban development. The objective of deCOST is to develop a new municipal waste management framework that implements a closed organic waste recovery system that integrates decentralized Community and Domestic Composting systems with urban agricultural projects. 

The DECOST project consists of the implementation of 4 demonstration experiences for the recovery of municipal organic waste with the aim of: (i) reducing organic waste and valorizing some 1,500-2,000 tonnes per year of organic waste, (ii) use the compound produced in urban agriculture projects, (iii) create “green” works through DECOST TECHNICAL TEAMS, (iv) train public administration staff, (v) use computer tools and mobile applications for citizen science and to increase citizen engagement with waste management and (vi) address municipal sustainability at a long-term strategic level. 

DECOST consists of a wide range of actors (Waste Agencies, Municipalities and Research Centres) from 6 different countries (Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, Palestine and Jordan) who form an international and multidisciplinary team that provides both technical knowledge and local knowledge of governance processes.   

Our role in the project: 

The pilot activity that the BETA Technology Center aims to develop in Catalonia includes the replacement of the current centralized organic waste management system with decentralized management. Demonstrative experience will include the installation of community composting areas with the ability to treat 100% (or with the aim of addressing this problem) of municipal organic waste generated in the city/neighborhood where the demonstration activity takes place. 


This project is funded by the ENI CBC Med Programme: