- What is it?
- Compostable materials
- Bulking materials
- Problems and solutions
- Other experiences
- What is it?
- The properties of compost
- The uses of compost
- The quality of compost
- Revitaliza staff: master composters
- School of Composting
- Selection processes
- External advice (for self-composting)
- What is it?
- How to make compost?
- Video tutorial
- Technical support
- What does it consist of?
- Video tutorial
- Where to find community composting centres?
- Special producers
- Príncipe Felipe Centre, the pilot project
- Municipalities associated
- Implementation stages
- Grants and support lines for municipalities
- How to participate?
- Collaboration agreement with the CEIDA
- Years 2020-2021
- Years 2019-2020
- Years 2018-2019
- Years 2017-2018
Valga e outros cinco concellos do Salnés piden á Deputación subvencións para contratar mestres ou mestras compostadoras16 de maio de 2021
- O Revitaliza financia dous novos vehículos para o servizo de compostaxe de Valga27 de abril de 2021
- A Deputación lanza as axudas para que os 'Concellos Revitaliza' contraten a terceira fornada de mestras e mestres composteiros propios15 de abril de 2021
- A Deputación de Pontevedra insta aos concellos a dar un "salto adiante" na xestión dos seus residuos e a bonificar os recibos da cidadanía que actúe correctamente co lixo24 de marzo de 2021
Documents and videos
Convenios, Congresos, Investigación
The Deputación has signed several agreements with institutions, bodies and groups with the objective of promoting composting among citizens and develop new research lines about composting.
Agreement with the environmental research centre Centro de Extensión Universitaria e Divulgación Ambiental de Galicia (CEIDA). This agreement, signed in March 2016, aims to launch the educational programme "A xestión dos residuos na provincial de Pontevedra" (waste management in the province of Pontevedra), aimed at primary and secondary school students and their teachers. The programme aims at organising seminars, talks, travelling exhibitions, information and blogs and organising a school congress. Schools might install their own composters.
- CEIDA-Deputación 2016
- Addenda CEIDA-Deputación, prórroga 2017
- CEIDA-Deputación 2018
- CEIDA-Posta en marcha do programa "A xestión de residuos ea provincia de Pontevedra: a Compostaxe (fase IV)"
Agreement between the University of Vigo and the City Council of Pontevedra. It was signed in October 2016 and has allowed for carrying out joint research to regenerate the soils in A Canicouva Hill using compost obtained at the new composting centre that will be set up in communal lands of the village of the same name, in the municipality of Pontevedra. Professors and doctors from the University of Vigo will focus on improving lower quality compost (biostabilised material) and finding ways to make an adequate use of it for forestry purposes. The goal is to turn an a priori non-usable residue into a valuable resource.
- FEUGA-Deputación 2016
- Universidade de Vigo-Concello de Pontevedra-Deputación (Lixiviados da Canicouva)
- Universidade de Vigo-Deputación 2018 (Formación de mestras y mestres)
Agreements with Amigos da Terra and Adega. The Deputación and the environmental associations collaborate to train individual composter users from the municipalities that are using composting as their waste management system. These associations also monitor home composters for a year.
- Amigos da Terra-Mondariz
- Amigos da Terra-Vilaboa
- Deputación de Pontevedra-Mondariz-Balneario-Amigos da Terra
- Deputación de Pontevedra-O Grove-Amigos da Terra
Collaboration agreement between the Deputación de Pontevedra, the Town Council of Pontevedra and the Galician agrarian trade union Federación Rural Galega (FRUGA). The objective of this agreement is to implement and control individual composting at a municipal level.
Does composting cause bad smells?
The composting process emits a characteristic and pleasant smell reminiscent of a humid forest. The materials must be well mixed so that everything goes well inside the composter.
Can composting attract pests?
If composting is done correctly, it will not attract unwanted pests. When some fruit flies or ants appear, it is an indication that it is necessary to add dry materials or that the materials have not been properly mixed. The mesh bottom prevents rodents from entering the composter.
Do I have to water the composter?
Depends on the weather and the season. Organic waste normally provides enough moisture.
Is there an optimal proportion when depositing waste in the composter?
It is important to mix equal parts of humid and dry materials, although this may vary depending of the organic elements used.
Is the obtained compost suitable for all types of plants?
Since it is a 100 % natural product, it can be used with any plant. You should not exceed the recommended amount (20 % of compost mixed in with soil in a pot and between 0.5 and 4 kg per m2 in a vegetable garden).
What happens if no organic matter is added to the composter in a while?
Composters can be left unattended for some time and nothing will happen, but some problems might arise: bad smells and fruit flies might appear and the materials might be dry and cold. Mixing and adding dry materials will solve the first two problems. For the latter, mix and add humid material.
¿Can I add soil or peat moss to the composter?
No. Individual composting produces high-quality compost which will only be mixed in with the soil later on, when it is used for sowing or fertilizing.
Can I use grass as a dry material?
Yes, grass can be used as a dry material as long as it has been dried and turned into hay. However, if it has been recently mowed, it is considered a humid material.
PXUGA (Galician industrial waste management plan): http://sirga.xunta.gal/plans-e-programas-sirga
Galician law on waste: https://www.boe.es/buscar/pdf/2008/BOE-A-2008-19734-consolidado.pdf
Law 22/2011, on waste and polluted soils: https://www.boe.es/buscar/pdf/2011/BOE-A-2011-13046-consolidado.pdf
PEMAR (national waste management framework plan): http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/calidad-y-evaluacion-ambiental/planes-y-estrategias/Planes-y-Programas.aspx
Spanish national plan for waste prevention: http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/calidad-y-evaluacion-ambiental/planes-y-estrategias/Planes-y-Programas.aspx
Directive 2008/98/CE, on waste: https://www.boe.es/doue/2008/312/L00003-00030.pdf
EU Circular Economy Package: