Initiatives for raising awareness about organic selective collections are implemented in collaboration with schools and other groups of social community.
The starting point was the city plan to separate the organic fraction to make compost for agricultural purposes.
Main initiatives developed:
1. Bags of compost are distributed and information is provided in the streets and at other social points.
2. Growing scholar little vegetable gardens using compost, showing pupils how useful compost (produced from organic fraction of waste) is. (23 schools participated)
3. Eco-heros: enviromental program for schools and citizen associations for producing compost by themselves in their own centers. It allows to people consider organic waste as an useful resource. (26 schools participated)
3. Cordoba Recycla (pilot): implementation of smart containers where citizen are identified through personal cards. People that voluntarily participe in the program obtain awards (i.e.cinema tickets) for good separation of waste.
4. Environmental center visits: students and interested citizens visit the recycling plant and waste treatment is showed to raise awareness (102 groups, shools or associations participated)

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

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Main institution
Sanitation of Cordoba
Andalucía, Spain (España)
Start Date
January 2010
End Date


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