Fundamentals of Organic Waste Management and Treatment Options - Training

21 March, 2017
Curitiba, Brazil

By invitation only

The training on the Fundamentals of Organic Waste Management and Treatment Options was carried out successfully under the scope of activities of the technical assistance project implemented by ABRELPE with resources from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and its Waste Initiative.
The training session targeted a high-level audience, mainly stakeholders of the solid waste system of the City of Curitiba, including public and private sector. With over 25 participants, the workshop was conducted by the technical expert Marco Ricci and focused on providing the fundamentals of organic waste management and treatment options, and the main subjects discussed were:

  • What is organic waste;
  • Types and possible sources of organic waste within the city;
  • What or to what extent organic waste can be recovered;
  • Different treatment options, including composting and biogas production;
  • Potential outputs that can add value to the plants’ operation; and
  • Success stories about organic fraction management, and the potential for mitigating SLCPs.

In some of the topics, Mr. Ricci referred to data from Curitiba (or from other cases and cities in Brazil) to draw the attention of the participants and for better contextualising the examples or the key aspects of a topic. For example, the city must take into consideration that, when planning a facility to treat organic waste, that around 130,000 tons/year of organic waste are generated by Curitiba’s households – so it provides a reference when designing its capacity and technology.
The training session was intentionally designed to allow participants to interact and make questions or to give short information about the current MSW management practises in Curitiba. During the three-hour session, the participants asked questions mainly related to the costs of separate collection of organic waste, the types of collection trucks most adequate to transport the organic fraction generated by households, the logistics to optimise collection, and the role and criteria for choosing a location of potential transfer areas. The description of practical examples about the collection of organic waste in a large City included a video showing the whole system of organic waste management in Milan, Italy, took the attention of the participants.

Event contact

Sandra Mazo-Nix ,
Municipal Solid Waste Initiative Coordinator
Sandra.Mazo-Nix [at]


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