Community composting in the city of Nitra
As part of the EU's Bioregio project, the Slovakian city of Nitra has developed a project for community composting by 50 households.
The system produces compost, which can be used as a fertiliser by the community. The project aims to lower technical barriers to the reduction of bio-waste.
It has two core goals:
- to produce compost for use by the local community
- to raise awareness in the local community about the importance and usefulness of bio-waste. It shows people that bio-waste is a resource, not just rubbish.
Furthermore, the project requires little infrastructure. It consists of three chambers used in rotation: bio-waste is deposited in one chamber for a year, then it is closed while the waste matures into compost. Then the next chamber is opened and bio-waste is deposited in that one.
Each household was given instructions, a bucket and a key to the chambers: definitely not complicated!
- Engaging local communities in recycling processes and promoting the circular economy at local level
- Raising awareness of bio-waste and its value as a resource
- Limited financial costs and technical infrastructure involved, easy to implement
- Decreases the costs of bio-waste collection.