Municipal waste management in the circular economy: how to reach high quality recycling ?

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Venue: Thessaloniki – Manolis Anagnostakis Hall

Municipal waste management has been evolving into more transversal strategies, tackling the challenges of waste prevention, and aiming to produce high-quality, secondary materials to be used as valuable resources for the recycling industry. Shifting towards waste management in a circular economy approach is a complex process, which requires the involvement of the citizens, cooperation with the different players of the recycling value chain, and the implementation of technical, organisational, communicative, and incentivising instruments. However, several territories achieved to reach high performances, leading to positive outcomes: generation of valuable recycled materials, reduction of carbon emissions, job creation, while keeping sustainable costs.

The City of Thessaloniki and the COLLECTORS project invite you to its upcoming conference taking place on 11 December 2019, and focusing on the challenges, solutions, and opportunities of municipal waste management. The conference will bring together European experts from various territories to discuss the future of waste recycling and will showcase the results of the COLLECTORS project on the identified good practices of waste collection, and their positive outcomes.

You can now register for the conference by filling the following form. The participation in the conference is free, but seats are limited !


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The agenda will soon be updated with the list of speakers.



Registration of participants


Introduction by the City of Thessaloniki


Presentation of the COLLECTORS project






Why do we need to move forward with waste management?
Why do we need to improve waste management across Europe?  What are the current challenges and opportunities in Europe, and in Greece?
Keynote speech: COLLECTORS’ perspective on the EU targets, environmental impact, and economic feasibility

Panel discussion and open discussion with the audience.


Coffee Break






Improving waste management practices – challenges and good practices on paper and packaging waste, and WEEE
What are the challenges faced by local players for implementing successful waste collection systems? What lessons can be learnt for good practices across Europe? Extended producer responsibility organisations and municipalities discuss the challenges and solutions toward high performances.
Keynote speech: presentation of the COLLECTORS case studies
Panel discussion and open discussion with the audience.


Lunch break






Waste collection toward the circular economy
How to shift toward a circular economy strategy? What are the current limitations of waste collection systems? How to better align waste collection systems with the standards of reuse organisations and recyclers?
Keynote speech: the role of waste collection system in the recycling value chain and how to improve it

Panel discussion and open discussion with the audience.




Repair café organised by the ReWEEE project



Please fill the following form to register to the conference


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