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Newsletter No. 2 February 2014

4 February, 2014


About SCOW

The aim of SCOW project, funded by the ENPI CBCMED Program, is to develop low cost, technically simple and high quality biowaste collection and recycling models in Mediterranean territories with touristic areas and agricultural activity. SCOW wants to build up a sustainable, innovative and local treatment of the biowaste in decentralized small-scale composting plants, developed essentially in agricultural holdings situated near the biowaste production areas in the partners’ territories. Read more >>



SCOW members in Amman Capitalization Event

The Capitalization event was held on29  October 2013 at Amman, Jordan. The event emphasized main Environmental Challenges such as:  Water Management, Waste Treatment and Recycling and Renewable Energy.  Partners from the SCOW project were participated: Sawsan Al Qudsi and Imad Al Masri from HWE, Prof. Uri Marchaim from MIGAL, Gemma Nohales from BCNecologia. Read more  >>


SCOW members at ISWA Study Tour: Study tour on food waste management in Mediterranean areas: effective solutions, competitive costs 4-7.11.13

The study tour was intended to give MSW management experts and decision-makers an overview of current best-practices and approaches in food waste separate collection and recycling. It was focused on efficient operational solutions, effective instruments and tools supplied to households to enhance collection and standard technologies to recover bio waste into compost and biogas.

During the tour participants visited mature experiences both in Metropolitan Areas and detached housing structures, showing how food waste can be correctly diverted for recycling. A specific focus was given to bio plastics suitable for food waste collection. A clear overview of low-tech and labour-intensive logistics solution for optimizing collection cost was analyzed with participants.

A set of biological treatment plants were visited both with low-tech and high-tech solutions for composting and anaerobic digestion.

Participants also had the opportunity to visit Ecomondo 2013, one of Europe’s largest trade fairs on environment technologies, suppliers of equipment and technologies for collection and recycling of MSW (70,000 visitors over three days, 60,000 m2 of exhibition space). Read more >>


SCOW Board Meeting at Genoa 19-20 Nov

The 3rd Board meeting was held on 19-20 November 2013 at Genoa, Italy.

The first day was focused on technical and capitalization tasks and the second day administrative and communication issues were treated. The project leader partner presented the general model (biowaste collection and treatment) and each partner talked about the specific models defined for their territories. Besides, communication campaigns and strategies within the project partners' communities and communication elements were discussed during the second session.   Read more >>

SCOW Capitalisation Event in Israel- Save the date 

The International SCOW capitalization event will be held on the 12th June 2014 at the Galilee region, located at the north of Israel. The capitalization event will be focused on organic waste treatment and use, at tourism and agricultural areas, with experts from Israel and the EU. The following main issues will be discussed during the conference:

              • Symposium of  best practices and policy
              • Learning from  Europe
              • New technologies for organic waste treatment
              • Involvement of the community and the educational systems
              • Compost production and use
              • Professional study-tours
              • Innovative models in Israel and in the world




First Local Event SYVADEC (Educational animations and Cook booth – Vincent Tabarani)

SYVADEC have started the local campaign for educate children to practice composting and sorting of
green wastes and household wastes from the kitchen in order to raise public awareness on food wastage and food waste sorting. Read more >>








 First Local Event Development Agency Gal Genovese (“Expo

Fontanabuona – Tigullio”)

The Development Agency Gal Genovese each year organizes the fair “Expo Fontanabuona – Tigullio” which arrived this year at its 29th edition. This year the fair took place from 24th August to 1st September 2013 at the Exhibition Park Fontanabuona in Calvari (San Colombano Certenoli - Genoa) and was an opportunity to promote and divulgate the objectives of SCOW project at the stand of Gal Genovese. Read more >>











SCOW project at the R4R (Regions for Recycling) workshop for Local Authorities in Barcelona

The regional event organized by the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC), one of the associates of the SCOW project, took place on 22 October 2013, at the Casa del Mar in Barcelona. The aim of the R4R project is to create a common framework for the observation of waste data and common indicators that allow comparison of collection and recycling performances. BCNecologia, leader partner of SCOW project, attended the event which was an excellent opportunity to share and discuss its experience in biowaste management with the Local Authorities and the other workshop attendees and make proposals on new strategies to improve biowaste collection and valorization, especially in the framework of the SCOW proposed model. Read more >>


Good practices on small scale composting plants and community composting

Djerba composting plant

 “Djerba (Tunisia) has become a pioneer in selective waste collection: The municipality of Djerba, partner in the CIUDAD project GODEM and member of ACR+MED, has considerably improved its municipal waste management, taking into account "Integrated Sustainable Waste & Resource Management (ISWRM)" principles. The latest development is the selective collection of packaging waste and biowaste. Packaging waste is collected once per week in a green transparent plastic bag, bio-waste in small black containers 3 times per week, and the residual waste in a blue bag once per week. In this way,  Djerba becomes a pioneer in the door-to-door selective collection of different waste fractions in the Southern Mediterranean area. The treatment facilities consist of a compost plant and a sorting centre for the packaging waste. A civic amenity center is in the planning process.

Watch presentations:

Pilot Experience in Organic Waste Composting >>

Expérience de compostage de bio déchets dans le secteur hôtelier à Djerba >>



This composting facility in Vizcaya (Spain) has developed a pilot experience to treat household biowaste from their neighbours adapting the Austrian model, where a local farmer collect door to door the biowaste (3 times a week) and take it to his small composting facility. There he mixes the biowaste with shredded prunings and applies the composting process. Almost all the compost production is used to improve the quality of the soil of the farmer's lands.

Capacity: Currently 5 t of household biowastes yearly. It will be doubled during 2014.

Surface: 14 m2 (including the composting modules and the working area).

Investment: about 800 €. The council pays 3000 € by year to the farmer for the service.

Distance to the nearest residential area: 300 metres.

Read more >> 


New York community-based compost sites


The NYC Department of Sanitation's  Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) plans, implements, and evaluates the Department's recyclingcomposting, and waste prevention programs.

Some of the composting programs are:

NYC Compost Project: Funded and managed since 1993 by BWPRR, the NYC Compost Project provides compost education and outreach and  in all five boroughs.

Fall Leaf Collection: Funding permitting, Sanitation collects fall leaves from 37 of the City's 59 community districts and turns them into high-quality compost at our composting sites.

Distribution of NYC Compost: After turning yard waste into compost at Sanitation Compost Sites, BWPRR makes NYC compost available to city agencies and nonprofits for use in soil mitigation and habitat improvement projects.

Rikers Island Food-Waste Composting: The model institutional in-vessel food waste composting facility at Rikers Island accepts cafeteria waste from ten jails, five days a week.

Local Organics Recovery Programs: In 2012, BWPRR started to collect and compost food scraps that NYC residents drop-off at neighborhood locations through the newly launched NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program (ORP) and the DSNY & GrowNYC Food Waste Drop-Off Program.



Biowaste sector highlights


ISWA world congress 7-11 October 2013, Viena

The ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) World Congress is one of the world's most important congresses in the field of waste management.

The congress offered the opportunity to attend scientific presentations, to visit the poster exhibition and company booths, and to take tours of modern companies in order to update your knowledge on the latest trends and developments in waste management. This event provided the perfect setting for knowledge exchange, as well as maintaining contacts and establishing new ones.Read more>>



ECN/PIGO Biowaste Seminar 8 October 2013 in Poznan (PL)

In co-operation with the Polish Waste Management Association ‘PIGO’  the ECN/PIGO Biowaste Seminar 2013 ‘Implementation of Organic Waste Management in Europe – EU policy strategies an national developments’ was held on the 8th October 2013 in Poznan, Polen.

65 people from the following countries attended the workshop: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain. Read More >>


Waste management 2030+


 The future of waste management on an overcrowded planet

Even the best waste management system in the world has shown that it cannot withstand the test of a global financial downturn; and with the global population, GDP per capita – and therefore the amount of waste – increasing globally we must become aware of the consequences and do something about it. Read more >>


The Food Waste Network in UK

 There are some useful organizations in UK who are working to help reduce food waste to landfill. The Food Waste Network gathers detailed up-to-date information on UK recycling services for commercial and industrial food waste. We They know about:

  • food waste collection firms - where they operate and what they collect
  • on-site food waste recycling systems
  • food waste recycling facilities



Compostory.org. New website to learn about composting

 Everyone should be aware of the tremendous opportunity that recycling organic material that we commonly call "waste" – represents. Today, the processes of making compost and biogas out of organics are well known and the benefits for the environment and the economy are proven. Despite a good number of success around the world. Massive efforts are still to be made in building awareness and sharing best practices on how communities can create value from their waste stream and positively impact their environment. Compostry.org is dedicated in efforts to bring their influencers up to speed on the subject matter




SCOW in social media networks
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