Neighbourhood compost project empowers Porto residents
17 Aug 2021
Compost plays a vital role to combat food waste, reduce methane emissions, as well as provide fertiliser for home gardening. As part of CityLoops, Porto (Portugal) takes community composting to the next level: the City administration has created group spaces for residents to make compost together.
In two Porto neighborhoods the Municipal Waste Agency LIPOR now gives participating local residents tools to collect organic waste. Collected waste can then be composted on islands. The compost material is used as fertiliser for vertical gardens. Through the project, participants have access to the compost islands with their own keys, technicians also help to monitor the composting process.
Kaitlyn Dietz, Officer for Circular Economy at ICLEI Europe says ,“CityLoops aims to innovate not only in technical solutions for improved circularity of urban material flows, but also to impact behaviours and decision making frameworks - such as by building regional ecosystems of engaged actors, encouraging citizen participation and ultimately reducing waste and adding value."
Click here to learn more about Porto's composting work.