Rohering, Europe's largest home composting pilot project of 2019 started in Tallinn. During the project 150 fast composters will be distributed to residents of the capital. The project will determine by how much sorting biowaste will increase with the help of innovative technology. The project is being carried out by Wastefox, the Estonian developer of fast composters, and Tallinn Waste Center.
Based on the results of the pilot project Wastefox plans to
create a method for distributing high-speed composters to EU
governments next year that will help them meet the Union's
goals to recycle 50% of municipal waste.
Most composters are distributed among randomly selected private
houses in the Haabersti district. For four months the Tallinn
Waste Center will continuously weigh mixed municipal waste bins
from the participating households to determine if the amount of
biowaste in the municipal waste has decreased after the
distribution of the composters. Households have to pay
"For city dwellers quick composting is a new exciting tool that
will help them get used to sorting bio-waste," said Jonathan
Oras, Rohering's project manager. “If composters can increase
the number of bio-waste sorters it will help reduce the amount
of bio-waste that reaches landfills, thus reducing greatly the
amount of emitted greenhouse gases. Additionally better sorting
of bio-waste will help waste recyclers recycle plastic more
efficiently,” added Oras.
“Tallinn has already achieved good results in waste recycling.
The participation of the Tallinn Waste Center in the Rohering
project is a step towards reducing the amount of bio-waste in
mixed municipal waste, but also giving residents the
opportunity to produce necessary humus for their own home
garden,” explained Kristjan Mark, the director of Tallinn Waste
Produced and developed in Estonia, the quick composter
decomposes food waste up to 10 times faster than conventional
compost heaps. The waste is not accessible to animals, does not
emit odors from the composter, and works with organic microbes
that accelerate the decomposition process. The end product of
the Wastefox Compost can be used to fertilize plants in the
"After the Rohering pilot project we plan to reach a strategic
partnership with at least five local and regional authorities
in Estonia and other European countries next year, thus helping
residents to sort their bio-waste more carefully," Oras
Researchers of the Estonian University of Life Sciences have
contributed to the development of the Wastefox composters. An
accelerated process in a composter allows a 50-liter composter
to transform up to 500 liters of bio-waste into humus per year.
The heat needed to decompose the waste is aided by the special
insulation around the box. The resulting humus can be used as a
fertilizer in the garden.
Experts from six organizations - Wastefox, Tallinn Waste
Center, NGO Cleantech Forest, Estonian University of Life
Sciences, Ministry of the Environment and the City of Tallinn -
are helping to carry out the pilot project.
The pilot project takes place within the framework of the
European Climate-Kic City
Challenge, the leader of European climate innovation, which was
announced in 2018 by the Estonian NGO Cleantech Forest which
promotes green innovation.
Wastefox (formerly Festera), the leader of Rohering, was
founded in 2016 as a student company to manufacture indoor
waste bins. In 2017, Wastefox also won the title of Best
Estonian and European Student Company.