Initiatives for raising awareness about organic selective collections are implemented in collaboration with schools and other groups of social community.
Origin, development and timescale:
The starting point was the city plan to separate the organic fraction to make compost. The initiative is ongoing today.
Throughout the year, several initiatives are announced and implemented, compost bags are distributed and information is provided in the streets and at other social points.
In parallel, in schools, during the academic year, there are also various initiatives to promote recycling and the use of compost.
Associations and locals receive Sadeco compost in return for promoting separation of organic waste at home.
Actors involved:
Residents, schools, inmates of the provincial prison, local bodies and associations.
Legal framework:
Circular Economy Directives
Cordoba City Council Ordinance on Urban Hygiene
State framework for waste management in Spain

Use level: (%) or number of users (if possible):
100% - the 328,000 inhabitants of the city of Cordoba are potential addressees of the action.

Resources needed

The budget allocated for the action is €30,000/year which covers events raising awareness, public interventions for separation, the participation of the SADECO Educational Service and agreements with different city organisations to reproduce the initiative.

Evidence of success

Increase of 19% in compost at composting sites thanks to better separation at source from 2010 to 2014
Possible success factors:
Workshops with school pupils
Demonstrations and samples shared with locals to illustrate the use of compost

Difficulties encountered

The main difficulty consists of changing people's deep-rooted habits.
It is necessary to persevere and continue raising awareness about the importance of changing habits. It is also important the need for citizen engagement and
the need to persist with effective campaigns

Potential for learning or transfer

All initiatives are easy to transfer in every region or city
Main institution
Sanitation of Cordoba
Andalucía, Spain (España)
Start Date
January 2010
End Date
December 2014


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