First biodigester to provide the Mariano Moreno Technical School, IPET N°60, with gas

Problem description:

The  project  aims  to integrate the students of the Technical Secondary School in the construction of a biodigester and in the management of municipal organic waste to provide the school with gas.

Organic waste is responsible for 29.73% of the city's CO2 emissions.The current framework for waste management is not adequate and does not include waste sorting system.

The region also lacks examples from other municipalities from which the city of Cosquin could draw waste management solutions. Consequently, these types of technologies, which could be sources of local employment, are still unknown to most of the inhabitants. In addition, a large part of the population does not have access to the natural gas network and have to buy gas cylinders.

97% of the population does not have access to the sewage system , including the technical school.

In conclusion, the project responds to some of the city’s most pressing issues and would contribute to fulfill the goals set out in the Zero Waste Order and the management of urban solid waste.

General objective:

● To contribute to To raise students’ awareness and enhance their technical skills the students  through  the  development  of    reliable,  profitable  and easy-to-maintain biodigester , created with the pupils and the teachers, and managed by them.

● To reduce the environmental impacts of the city thanks to the final disposition of organic waste generated by the technical school and the 3 municipal canteens.

● To use the project as a pilot initiative for the potential implementation of other biodigesters in the region implement other biodigesters in the region.

● To use the fertilizer produced by the biodigester in the parks of the city and for the vegetal native species of the Province of Cordoba.

● To provide the technical school with gas to cook and save money To use the students as seeds of awareness for their parents and create "a multiplying effect " in the city.

● To generate job opportunities for local community members training in biodigester technologies.

● To improve the image of the city in the area of Waste Management for neighbouring municipalities and tourists.

● To use the school’s septic tank to feed the biodigester

Solving Strategy:

Phase 1: Involve stakeholders

Technical school

- Creation of theoretical and practical courses through a system of internships on the theme of biodigester installation. It will be offered by the municipality to final year students in the fields of Carpentry, Electromechanics, Project management, Electronics and Electricity.

- To create awareness campaigns for all students of the school on the topic waste sorting

- Installation of tools created by the students: posters, labels to identify the garbage in which they will put the organic waste.


- Design of a waste recovery plan in the other municipal canteens using a vehicle dedicated only for the collection of organic waste.

- Organisation of training courses for the employees of the canteens on organic waste storing

-  Installation of baskets to dispose of organic waste in the canteens.

- Open public training courses on biodigesters

Phase 2: Works and start-up

- Installation of the biodigester with the students and a teacher in charg

- Obtention of pig manure for the start-up provided by the small producers of the city

- Training by the provider to students and teachers.

- To measure and evaluate the gas production obtained, and do the transmission to the provider to evaluate quantities of gas production

- Second visit of the supplier at day 45: preparation of an operational plan supply and maintenance for the students.

Phase 3: Supply:

- Connection to the consumption centers (canteen, classroom heating).

- To do tests and student projects to improve the performance of the biodigester

- To create workshops for the citizens to increase awareness


Amount requested: $ 302.495

Municipality: $ 129.136

Total amount: $ 432.136