How to adapt best practices for waste collection to local constraints?

COLLECTORS 1st Public Conference

Is there such thing as a “Best Practice” for waste collection?

While several general principles – such as source separation, communication, incentives – are known to increase recycling rates, their concrete application might be challenging. Indeed, a practice that is successful in a territory might not produce the same high results when applied to a different context. For instance, civic amenity sites offer a compelling solution for source separation; however, their effectiveness is challenged in a context with high population density. Another example: traditional communication campaigns are likely to have a limited impact in territories with a significant proportion of tourists. Hence the importance of adapting common best practices to local constraints.

The COLLECTORS consortium discussed these questions during its first public event hosted by CONTARINA S.p.A., the public company managing waste in the province of Treviso. These issues were debated by a panel of waste experts, and representatives of European public authorities exposed their own solution to adapt common waste practices to their specific local challenges. Discussions contributed to determine which local constraints are important to take into account and how they can be addressed.


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09:00-09:30 Official introduction by Contarina SpA
Franco Zanata, President

Presentation of Contarina
Marco Mattiello, International Relations Manager

09:30-09:50 COLLECTORS presentation
Tjerk Wardenaar, PNO consultants

09:50-10:30 Session 1: What is a best practice for waste management?
Paolo Canfora, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre
Paolo Contò, Director, Consiglio di Bacino Priula

Questions and answers

10:30-12:30 Session 2: how do local and regional authorities adapt their waste management practices to their local challenges?
Chair: Françoise Bonnet, ACR+
Carol Sweetnam, SWRMO
John Egil Nielsen, Oslo
Luc de Room, Antwerp
Ilaria Marzoli, AMIU
Stef Le Fevre, Amsterdam
Nora San Sebastian, ARC
Paulo Rodrigues, Lipor
Marco Mattiello, Contarina
Jolenta Krzywiec,Warsaw

12:30 Conclusion

Practical information

Conference venue:

Sala Assemblea (2nd floor)
Contarina – Consiglio di Bacino Priula
Via Donatori del Sangue, 1
31020 Fontane di Villorba

Date & time:

22 March 2018
09:00 – 12:30

More information & contact:

Jean-Benoît Bel

Read more about the first meeting in the related news article.