Composting plant for the production of compost – Catania

Composting plant for the production of compost – Catania


C.da Grotte S. Giorgio (CA)


Type of service:
Executive planning

Design period:
January 2017 – June 2018

Technical data

Lot area:
27.000 m²

Sustainable development objectives | Agenda ONU 2023


The proposed plant layout has the main objective to develop the production of compost,
obtained through a biological treatment of the organic fraction of the waste coming from
the separate collection.
The plant, authorized with D.D.S. n. 120 of 12/02/2014 and subsequent D.D.G. n. 1212 dated
05/09/2016, has a maximum capacity of 70.000 t/year has been defined for waste R13
and R3 as indicated in Annex C of the fourth part of Legislative Decree No. 152/2006.
The different activities that take place inside can be defined as follows:

  • Provision and mechanical pre-treatment of waste;
  • Accelerated bio-oxidation in aerated static heaps;
  • Ripening in upturned and aerated heaps.

The duration of the biological process must not be less than 90 days and in the first phase
includes a accelerated bio-oxidation, followed by a second phase of maturation in heaps.
The process technology for accelerated bioxidation is a static type with forced aeration of
the material and takes place within n. 10 biocells in reinforced concrete ensures a rapid
opening / closing of doors.
The maturation phase takes place inside a shed where 10 heaps are placed which are
periodically turned by means of a revolving means.
Finally the material is screened for a final refining: the overage is used as a structuring
and the under-size materials are placed in static heaps until the days necessary for
stabilization are reached.
The quantity of product is about 21.000 t/year and is stored under a side-opened steel
structure with a perimeter wall of 3.00 m height. The plant has been classified by a series
of systems for the mitigation of emissions in the various environmental sectors that the
activity in question could generate.