The University of Jordan (UJ) has announced that it will participate in the co-financed EU project CEOMED which aims at the sustainable management of open markets wastes.
The project, which involves 6 partners from 5 different countries (Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Tunisia) with a total budget of 3.1M€, aims to reduce municipal waste generation, promote the source-separated collection, and the optimal exploitation of its organic component by recovering energy and recycling nutrients.
The project will train local concerned stakeholders, such as consumers, sellers, the informal sector of waste collecting, scholars, farmers, technical and administrative staff, to contribute to improving waste management.
Furthermore, the project will lead to the design of new waste management plans in the cities of Amman and Sfax in Tunisia that focus and address separately the waste produced from fruits and vegetables wholesale markets. Following a circular approach, the organic fraction of waste from markets will be treated by a biological process (anaerobic digestion) using the digesters. The produced material will be used as fertilizer in the farms that provide fresh produces to the local markets.
The project is estimated to benefit the managers of 2 local markets in Amman and Sfax, over 900 businesses using the markets daily to buy and sell fresh products, 2000-3000 customers, 90 technical and administrative staff from the municipalities of Amman and Sfax, farmers who use the fertilizer produced from the organic waste.
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