CEOMED
Employing circular economy approach for OFMSW management within the Mediterranean countries

About the project

Hundreds of local open markets are distributed across the Mediterranean region. Local open market waste management, which represents a big challenge for the area, is directly affected by population growth and concentration, urbanization and tourism. For instance, the waste flow rate varies from 3 to 5 and 10 to 12 tons per day in the open markets located in Sfax (Tunisia) and Amman (Jordan), respectively. In view of the large influx of inhabitants expected in urban areas (72% of the population of the Mediterranean region will probably be living in urban areas in 2025), the sustainable management of waste in markets is now a priority. CEOMED aims to reduce municipal waste generation, promote source-separated collection and the optimal exploitation of the organic component by recovering energy and recycling nutrients. Additionally, the project will train local stakeholders, i.e. consumers, sellers, the informal sector of waste collecting, scholars, farmers, technical and administrative staff, to make sure they have the knowledge and skills to contribute to improving waste management. 

Key information

CEOMED
Employing circular economy approach for OFMSW management within the Mediterranean countries
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.2 Waste management
Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Tunisia

Financial data

3.1 million
Total budget
2.8 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

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6
Partners
5
Countries
15
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What will be improved?

The project will lead to the design of new waste management plans in the cities of Amman and Sfax which 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 digestate as a fertilizer in the farms that provide fresh products to the local markets.

Who will benefit?

  • Managers of local markets
  • 500 businesses using the markets daily to buy and sell fresh products
  • 2,500 daily customers 
  • Technical and administrative staff from the municipalities of Amman and Sfax 
  • Local farmers
     

Expected achievements

  • 1 specific methodology developed for the efficient collection, separation, and exploitation of waste from open-air markets 
  • 2 pilot anaerobic digesters for organic waste valorization installed at fruits/vegetable wholesale markets in Amman and Sfax
  • 750 tons/year as total waste recycling capacity installed 
  • 1,500 tons of biodegradable waste reused as fertilizers
  • 2 new plans for integrated management of waste from open-air markets
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CEOMED offers a lab position for a six-month contract

The position is looking for one researcher with an MSc degree in Environmental Engineering or related field of knowledge. Deadline to apply: 10/08/2022

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CEOMED participated in a workshop for PhD students

The University of Naples Federico II (UNINA), Italian parnter of CEOMED, organised a workshop for PhD student where CEOMED and its results were presented.

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CEOMED in Tunisia conducted surveys about waste management in local open market in Sfax

The first result of the survey´s analysis indicates a gap between people´s understanding of waste management and their perception of how impactful it can be to them.

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CEOMED attended the Spanish Roundtable for Waste Treatment (META) 2022

Our colleagues from the CSIC (Superior Council for Scientific Investigations) presented the CEOMED project to two of the Andalusian most prominent Universities.

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CEOMED project started its pilot in waste management in Sfax, Tunisia

Sellers at the fruit and vegetable open market were very collaborative in sorting waste and the first result of the pilot is promising towards producing a good fertiliser.

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CEOMED in Tunisia is hiring a lab technician

A lab technician is required in the Laboratory of Environmental Bioprocesses. Deadline to submit your application: 10th June 2022

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CEOMED in Spain is looking for an auditor

The deadline to apply is on 17th May 2022.

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CEOMED in Spain raises awareness about scientific research

​​​​​​​Through puppet theatre or via an avatar, CEOMED partners use innovative ways to promote scientific careers and encourage organic waste management among children and young students.

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CEOMED re-starts the project with a new woman employee in Tunisia

She will study the anaerobic digestion of fruits and vegetable waste at the pilot scale and investigate the main parameters to optimise it.

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CEOMED is hiring a PhD student

The call closes on13th March 2022

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Meet the key researchers of the CEOMED project

Sonia, Rafael and Pilar from Spain. Khaldoun and Maha form Jordan. Luigi and Giovanni from Italy: meet the key researchers of the CEOMED project.

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Tunisia: two new positions under CEOMED project

The calls for applications are open until 16/09/2020

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Do you want to meet the faces of CEOMED? Last episode: IDENER

Interview with Santiago Rodríguez-Pérez, project coordinator of the CEOMED project at IDENER.

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CEOMED: tender for a bioreactor in Jordan

The deadline for the submission of bids is 10.08.2020.

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Young researchers discuss their involvement in the CEOMED project

They are young and talented. They are the future of science. In this article, we would like to introduce our young researchers from Greece, Italy, Tunisia and Spain.

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25 May 2020
Do you want to meet the faces of CEOMED? Part 5: the Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia

Meet Dr Sami Sayadi, author of over 350 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and coordinator of CEOMED pilot actions for the bioconversion of organic waste.

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21 May 2020
Do you want to meet the faces of CEOMED? Part 4: The University of Jordan

Meet Dr. Ghada Kassab, assistant professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Jordan.

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03 May 2020
Do you want to meet the faces of CEOMED? Part 2

CEOMED is a project about the valorisation of waste from open-local markets to obtain energy and fertilisers and develop an entire process with the objective of Zero waste.

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28 April 2020
Meet the faces of CEOMED project? Part 1

Stefano Papirio from the University of Naples Federico II discusses the use anaerobic digestion for the treatment of organic waste.

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12 February 2020
Job vacancy at University of Naples under the CEOMED project

The deadline for receiving applications is 3rd of March 2020.

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05 February 2020
CEOMED project: PhD and post-doctoral positions at the Democritus University of Thrace

The Democritus University of Thrace is hiring one PhD candidate and two post-doctoral researchers in the framework of the CEOMED project.

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04 February 2020
Job vacancy at the University of Jordan under the CEOMED project

The University of Jordan is looking for a research assistant. The deadline for sending applications is 23rd March 2020.

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10 December 2019
Waste management in Mediterranean open-air markets: launch of the CEOMED project​

The CEOMED project aims to develop an entire chain of valorization of the solid fraction of organic waste produced in open-air markets.