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Newsletter No. 3 September 2014

8 September, 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 1st capitalization event in Upper-Galilee, Israel

The 1st Capitalisation event of the SCOW project was held on the 12th, June 2014 at the Upper-Galilee, Israel, in collaboration with MIGAL, Upper-Galilee regional council and IUED- Israeli Union for Environmental Defense.

The aims of this capitalization event where to learn from each regions' experience, to exchange knowledge and to open new opportunities to develop other mutual projects and collaborations. From the Israeli point of view the conference was very unique because it is the first time that a regional council cooperates with EU partners on this subject of waste separation at source.

The conference was a huge success with participation of 370 people from all over Israel; 100 mayors and environmental units' managers from 21 councils from the south to the north of Israel. 30 guests and experts from 9 different countries: Belgium Italy, Spain, Greece, Brazil, Jordan, Palestinian authority, Malta, France and Israel. A special exhibition featuring companies who develop various solutions for waste separation was held outside the conference hall and attracted a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

Mr. Luigi Pratolongo, the Head of the Economic and Trade section
from the European embassy of Israel

Summary of the International Conference on Recycling and Treatment of Organic Waste in the Agro-Tourism Sphere >> 


SCOW Experts

The  SCOW experts gave the audience a very interesting view of what and how this process is being performed, what are its advantages and also what improvements need to be made in order to make this whole process of managing the treatment of the organic waste from the very start to the end-users. 




Professional study tours

"Sustainable community - practices of waste treatment"
"Freindly Agriculture at Havat Hamataim"
Professional tour to Upper Galilee composter's prototype model in Kibutch Baraam 


Watch photos from the tours >>



Companies presentation


Watch all photos >>


4th Steering Committee at Malta, April 2014

SCOW experts discussed in the meeting about the general model in the regions and gave key elements for implementation, viewpoints for consideration and Suggestions for further.

Senior experts from CIC (Italian Composting Association)

– Michele Giavini - technologies, strategies
– Marco Ricci - collection, overview
– Vincenzo Verrastro - compost use in Mediterranean areas

See all SCOW experts >>

Go to expert book of the Capitalization event >>


Watch photos from the meeting >>


Local campaigns in the regions

Updates from campaigns and local activities in the regions

Go to all activities >>



Biowaste Sector Highlight

Italian Lessons in bio waste collection

The separate collection of organic waste represents the largest portion of Italy's recycling industry. Intensive source-separation of biowaste is a key-factor for gaining high recycling rates and is currently applied in 4000 municipalities, involving around 40 million inhabitants. When it comes to managing organic wastes, Italian lessons are a must.

Read article by Marco Ricci Jürgensen WMW website >>


Catalan study: Economic balance of door-to-door and road containers waste collection

This study aims to provide local authorities with actual and accurate information about the costs of waste management from a holistic perspective, with particular emphasis on a comparison of the door-to-door and road containers collection models.

Read article >>


Management options for 6 composting strategies, new report from ACR+

This report aims to highlight the different possible composting strategies that can be considered by local authorities and other public/private stakeholders dealing with bio-waste.

The information is presented in an easy, accessible way and is meant to provide best available bio-waste composting strategies. This publication is of particular interest for those countries that are still heavily reliant on landfilling of bio-waste.



The Green Week Conference: Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste

A circular economy is the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and remanufacturing of products has become standard practice, and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society. In 2014 the Commission will set out new proposals enabling Europe to unlock the potential of the circular economy, underlining the need to change our way of thinking about design.


Good Practices

Learn more about compost from our best practice database >>

  • Freistadt / Austria- Farmers separately collect the biowaste from local towns. It is composted in simple composting facilities in their farms and they use the compost for selfconsume or sale. This is a new source of income for farmers through community activities in the services sector, promoting awareness in the public process and strengthening regional employment situation. 
  • Mancomunitat La Plana- A composting site designed to grow modularly to be able to offer service to more than 30.000 inhabitants of the Mancomunity of La Plana gradually. 


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