Implementation of an Urban Community Composting Programme

Final Report for the ERTDI-funded project: 2005-WRM-MS-34-M1

Summary: STRIVE Report 40 - Sarah Miller et al.


Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-84095-327-5

Pages: 101

Filesize: 1,827 KB

Format: pdf


In 2007, the quantity of biodegradable municipal waste disposed of to landfill increased by 4% to 1,475,077 tonnes in Ireland. This was at variance with the 2010 target of 967,433 tonnes set by the Council Directive on the Landfill of Waste (1999/31/EC) (the ‘Landfill Directive’) (European Council, 1999) and demonstrates that despite concerted action over the last number of years, Ireland is moving further from meeting its obligations under the directive. Full implementation of the National Strategy for Biodegradable Waste is increasingly urgent, given that the first target year of 2010 requires a reduction in landfilling of biodegradable municipal waste of over 550,000 tonnes from current levels.

This study reviews the potential contribution of community composting initiatives towards achieving landfill diversion targets and investigates barriers to project implementation. The study assesses all aspects of community composting projects from waste collection and processing to compost production, quality assurance, utilisation, marketing, education and awareness.


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