Participatory planning for composting plants in Rome

Ascolto Attivo was commissioned by the Municipality of Rome and AMA to design and coordinate a participatory planning process in the Municipalities XIII and XV of Rome regarding the construction of two composting plants for wet waste.

The path took place since October 2018, with the Press Conference that made official the start of the path, and ended in March 2019 with the delivery of the Guidelines during the Services Conference prepared by the Province of Rome. The document “Guidelines”, shared with the participants in the path, presents all the contents that have emerged on the subject of the management of separate waste collection and the construction of composting plants.

The proposed approach is intended to create a context in which a shared vision of the environment, circular energy and waste management can be developed, and then all aspects of the project can be dealt with in detail, assessing critical issues, alternatives and proposals.

The process involved two municipalities, the XIII and XV. The central issue in both municipalities was the location of the plants. In Municipality XIII, an on-site inspection was carried out both in the area identified by AMA and in the alternative sites proposed by the committees; in a subsequent workshop, citizens, technicians, representatives of the institutions and the company were the protagonists of a SWOT Analysis of all the sites identified. On the same day, starting at 6 p.m., at the Multipurpose Room of the Cellulose Park, the steering committee for the organisation of a multimedia exhibition on the theme of composting plants, separate collection and the organic fraction of waste was held.

On 1 December 2018, at the Istituto Comprensivo Enzo Biagi, a new meeting was held in the Municipality XV: it was a meeting that allowed to retrace the path made in the two municipalities and to work on the design of the next participatory multimedia exhibition. During the meeting, the Nova Galeria association presented a new proposal for the construction of a smaller composting plant in a different location.

On 12 January 2019, the exhibition “Composting plants, waste cycle and authentic participation” took place. A participatory multimedia exhibition created with the contributions and expertise of all those who took part in the process: inhabitants, experts, representatives of institutions and AMA.

It is an exhibition that transparently recounts what has emerged and what we have learned from this confrontation, that highlights the critical aspects and that can serve to build a new model of planning and intervention to face this vital challenge for our future.