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Empowering Our Communities To Redesign
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Creating Local Jobs
& Recovering Resources

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Optimising Waste Collection for Quality Recycling
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Returning Organic Material to Our Soils

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Advocating for a Zero Waste Future

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Supporting Local Groups to Drive Change

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Closing the Loop of Materials,
Phasing Out Toxics & Emissions

International training course on organics management

International training course on roganics management ZWE
Aims of the training are to provide you with:
– Rationale behind source separation of organic waste at source,
– Logistics and economics of separate collection of biowaste,
– System optimisation and quality treatment of biowaste,
– Design and implementation of separate collection and management of biowaste.

Why a training course on organics management?

The management of municipal solid waste is undergoing a new transition in Europe and in the world. The rising price of resources and the advent of climate change are creating a new scenario in which waste is not only seen as an environmental liability but also as an untapped asset. Waste is a resource and the challenge today is how to ensure highest and best use of our resources by closing the cycle of materials.

When it comes to Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) the organic fraction constitutes the biggest part and hence solving the collection and treatment of biowaste is key to ensure the financial and environmental feasibility of the process.

The tendency to maximise material recovery of biowaste is a growing one and this is confirmed by the roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe (2013) and the communication Towards a Circular Economy (2014). New EU recycling targets will –directly or indirectly- make separate collection of biowaste mandatory in order to achieve the ambitious benchmarks the EU is aiming for in 2030.

The management of organic matter from MSW is an essential part of sustainable management of resources and all European municipalities need to get up to speed with this. After decades of experiences and with consolidated practices in the field of collection and treatment of biowaste today it is possible to capture most biowaste present in MSW and ensure high quality output, saving costs to the communities and bringing the nutrients back to the soils.

With this aim Zero Waste Europe organises the first International Training Course on Biowaste Management. This hands-on high-profile course will empower waste managers, policy makers and activists with all necessary tools to design and implement cost-efficient high-quality programs for biowaste management.


Dr Marco Ricci, Dr Enzo Favoino and Dr Alberto Confalonieri from the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, pioneers in the separate collection and treatment of organic waste in Italy and in Europe.

Structure of the training:

Arrival is expected on SUNDAY, October 12.

MONDAY 13 October

– Morning

  1. Organics and Zero Waste, the EU and international drivers for the management of organics (organics & climate change, desertification, Soil Strategy, Landfill Directive, WFD, etc.) 1h
  2. Basics of separate collection. 30′
  3. Designing/operating sep colelction in rural/urban areas, cost-optimisation and related evidence 1,5h

– Afternoon

  1. Planning and implementing a programme for home and community composting 1h
  2. Site-visit to community composting 2-3h


– Morning

  1. Technologies for composting, anaerobic digestion and their combination: assessment and decision-making 1,5h
  2. Concerns, environmental burdens and mitigation (with specific regard to odours and wastewaters) 30′
  3. Quality, use and market for composted products 1h 

– Afternoon

  1. Site-visit to a centralised compost site. 2-3h

Departure on Tuesday 14 evening or Wednesday 15, October.


The course will be conducted in English, will combine theoretical and practical training and will be complemented with site visits to local experiences of community and industrial composting.

Number of places is limited to 40 participants.

Deadline for submit registrations is September 10.

The cost of the training is 400€ and it includes:

– Accomodation (2 nights in hotel)
– Breakfasts + lunch 13 and 14 + dinner 13 + refreshements & coffee-breaks
– Materials
– Access to online materials and trainings on
– Lectures
– Transport to venues and site visits


Register here