Design and Application of an Innovative Composting Unit for the Effective Treatment of Sludge and other Biodegradable Organic Waste in Morocco

Life-Third Countries Project co-funded by the European Community



The Project is co-funded by
the Life programme of the European Community

MOROCOMP website

LIFE05 TCY/MA/000141


1. The 3rd training session/workshop - private companies and industries

The 3rd training session/workshop was held on the 14th of July 2008 for the private companies and industries that are interested in compost production and marketing in Morocco. The 3rd training session/workshop was entitled as “Compost production from sludge and BOW and the development of compost market in Morocco”. The training session/workshop involved speeches from members of NTUA, UCD and ORMVAD which were related to activities such as compost quality and characteristics resulting from the MOROCOMP in-vessel composting unit, the current condition of compost market in Morocco and the potential of compost application on land as soil improver and/or fertiliser as well as ways and means of establishing and developing compost markets in Morocco based on successful case studies from countries that exercise and practice composting for many years. Click here for more details related to the 3rd training session/workshop.

2. International Conference

An international conference on sustainable sludge management (SSM -2008) was held on the 9th and 10th of July 2008 at the Ecole National de Commerce et de Gestion, El Jadida, Morocco. The main topics of the conference included:
      (i) treatment technologies of water and sludge
      (ii) composting and nutrient recovery from sludge and wastewater and
      (iii) policy and guidelines for sludge management.
The international conference has also been disseminated through 5 newspaper articles namely: Le Courrier Regional (French), the Doukkalia (French), Le Liberation (French), Le Matin (French), and the Arabic newspaper Assabahiya.
Photos of the conference

3. TV reportage

Also Deutch Welle TV prepared a reportage on the 3rd of July 2008 in which professor Assobhei presented the project. Also the TV channel prepared a documentary for the pilot system and the field experiments. Photographs from the various visits to the composting system and to the field experiments.

4. The 2nd Workshop/training session - informing the farmers

The 2nd training session/workshop was carried out on the 22nd of May 2008 in which various farmer associations and individuals participated. This event was in the form of demonstration-tour to the composting facility to familiarize farmers with the concept of compost and composting and its benefits of using compost as a soil conditioner both economically and in terms of its properties. Click here for more details related to the 2nd training session/workshop.

5. The 1st Workshop/training session - competent authorities

The 1st training session – workshop took place on the 8th of November 2007 in Morocco and was addressed to Moroccan competent authorities in order to promote capacity building and the concept of composting of sludge and other BOW in Morocco. The topic of the 1st training session – workshop was the "Production, management and valorization of sludge from wastewater and other biodegradable organic waste". Click here for more details related to the 1st training session/workshop.

6. Installation & Start Up of the in-vessel composting Unit at the Zemamra Site

7. Training Activities concerning the operation of the in-vessel composting Unit

8. Site Visits took place in Munich and in Rennerod (close to Frankfurt) during 11 - 15 September 2006

Rennerod Waste Treatment Plant
Capacity: 100,000 tn/year
Waste Treated: MSW, Sludge, Green Waste
Company: Herhof

Presentation of Herhof Technology


Beselich Composting Plant
Capacity: 36,000 tn/year
Waste Treated: Agricultural Waste
Company: Herhof


Kirchstockach Anaerobic Digestion and Composting Plant
Capacity: 35,000 tn/year
Waste Treated: MSW, Agricultural Waste
Company: BTA
Presentation of BTA Technology


Karlshof Anaerobic Digestion Plant
Capacity: 5,000 tn/year
Waste Treated: Manure, Green Waste
Company: BTA

9. The Kick-off meeting (download photos) took place at El Jadida Morocco on the 9th of February 2006



kick off meeting publicity:
a) (in french)
b) (in french)
c) (in french)
d) Saoute Annass (en arabe)

10. The launching Event took place at the premises of the University of Chouaib Doukkali in El Jadida of Morocco on the 9th of February 2006. During the launching event, the Steering Committee was formulated.

11. The Action Plan was endorsed in February 2006 by all Members of the Steering Committee.

12. The Kick-off meeting of the Life Third Countries Projects took place in Brussels on the 5th and 6th of June, 2006