Acea Smart Comp

Gallery Acea Smart Comp 1
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September 2021
Headquarters 00138 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Acea Smart Comp - A decentralized treatment solution for transforming organic waste into compost

Acea has launched Acea Smart Comp, an innovative distributed composting project for managing organic waste, in line with the challenging goals set by the European Commission regarding the recovery of materials during the process for "closing the loop" in the waste cycle. Acea Smart Comps are local composting plants equipped with revolutionary sensor technology that transforms organic waste into compost on the spot, using an aerobic process that produces ready-to-use fertilizer. This initiative creates a new approach focused on proximity, which closes the gap between where the waste is produced and the place where it is processed. Distributed composting targets large customers (shopping malls, cafeterias, airports and stations) that need to manage large quantities of organic waste. The first Acea Smart Comp was installed in the Acea cafeteria, which will become organic waste-free.

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Key features

  • One Acea Smart Comp machine provides the capacity to handle 40 to 300 tons of organic waste at the location where it is produced
  • During the three phases of the composting process, the weight of the organic material is reduced by up to 80%
  • Per ton of dry waste, up to 500 kg of CO2 can be saved by decentralizing the treatment and not transporting waste by truck
  • Organic compost replaces carbon-intensive peat as fertilizer


  • Customers can save a significant portion of treatment costs for their organic waste compared to traditional waste collection
  • Customers benefit from Acea's service model, providing Smart Comp machines without any initial investment costs (no CAPEX)

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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Italy, France,

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