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Challenge / Goal

Working closely with stakeholders as part of their involvement in the Resourceful Cities network, the municipality of Bucharest 3rd District gathered a series of ideas for small scale actions from their URBACT local group of stakeholders. Following a vote on all ideas, it was decided that the pilot action of The 3rd District should focus on the subject of urban composting.

The idea was to organise compost sites in three schoolyards, and to carry out training workshops for 60 students on subjects like “reduce-reuse-recycle”, biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable, compost & composting, healthy soil & healthy food.


The solution was to use the school yard composting corners as a means to promote the importance of composting in urban areas and to encourage circular practices, through practical and educational activities. The project aimed to test the local community reaction and receptivity to the idea of urban composting and to see if the action was worth upscaling.

The concept of urban composting isn’t well explored in Romanian cities, so it was an opportunity to test the reactions of the local community (especially schoolchildren and high-school students) to the idea. Testing urban composting in a closed environment allowed for a better monitoring of the process, especially in a community that isn’t familiar with the concept.

Citizen participation

The project relied heavily on citizen participation. The success of the urban composting was dependent on the citizens, in this schools staff and pupils, fully engaging with the composting process.


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Time period

Planning time: Less than 6 months

Implementation time: Less than 6 months


URBACT; The Municipality of the 3rd District of Bucharest

Service providers

URBACT; The Municipality of the 3rd District of Bucharest

End users

Schools; Teachers and Students

    Main benefits

  • Facilitating citizen engagement

  • Improving education

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