Societal acceptance of new waste management systems: citizen awareness and participation

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A proper source separation is the first step towards high recycling performances. To enhance the involvement of inhabitants in waste collection, public authorities have to set a comprehensive system that provides clear information, convenient collection equipment, and relevant incentives promoting sustainable behaviours.

To discuss the topic of societal acceptance and public participation in waste management, the COLLECTORS project invites you to an international conference, co-organised and hosted by the City of Warsaw, on 26 June 2019 in Warsaw. During half a day, local waste players, representatives of different European public authorities, and COLLECTORS partners will share their experiences and solutions to improve citizens’ awareness and participation.

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Welcoming participants


Opening of the conference and official welcome of the participants –Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor, City of Warsaw




Presentation of waste management in Warsaw – Franciszek Łapecki, City of Warsaw



Presentation of Collectors

An update on the project’s activities – Tjerk Wardenaar, PNO Consultants








1st panel discussion

Selective collection in multi-family building. How to reach the inhabitants to increase recycling rates?

Keynote speech: Separate paper collection and increasing paper recycling in Europe: a role model for the circular economy – Ulrich Leberle, CEPI

Presentation of local experiences by:








2nd panel discussion

Waste collection systems: organisation and collection schemes to ensure public participation

Keynote speech: ethnographical research on what aspects need to be in place in order to encourage greater levels of recycling in flats – Cathy Cook, London Waste and Recycling Board

Presentation of local experiences by:







3rd panel discussion

Good practices: motivations and incentives to boost recycling rates

Keynote speech: motivation and incentives: what lessons from Flanders? Christof Delatter, Interafval

Presentation of local experiences by:










Training sessions

Room A: COLLECTORS case study session

Several public authorities, identified as good practices by the COLLECTORS project, will present their waste management system for paper and packaging waste, and WEEE.

Room B: URBANREC training session

Opportunities and challenges for the development of a network of reuse centres in cities. Cooperation with the non-profit sector and social economy organisations.


The project URBANREC – New Approaches for the Valorisation of URBAN bulky waste into high added value RECycled products  has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103. More information on


COLLECTORS case study session (14.30 – 17.30)

Improving decision-making for municipal waste collection: analysis of documented case studies: transferring good practices: how to analyse and understand case studies?

The COLLECTORS-project is currently documenting twelve case studies, focusing on twelve different European cities that successfully implemented good practices allowing high performances for the collection of paper and packaging waste, or WEEE. The analyses focus on the role of different waste collection systems in a circular economy, also highlighting the economic and environmental dimensions.

This COLLECTORS expert panel will focus on how decision-makers can benefit from this kind of assessments. The panel will consist of an open dialogue wherein the COLLECTORS-researchers and representatives of the case studies discuss questions such as the information relevant to decision-makers, the data gaps, or how to implement evidence-based policy on waste collection. The audience will be invited to react to the discussions and to give their opinion on the elements mentioned above.



Introduction to the session

Twan van Leeuwen (PNO Consultants; co-coordinator COLLECTORS)

PART I: Paper & Packaging Waste (Chaired by Ive Vanderreyt, VITO)



Presentation of COLLECTORS case studies on paper and packaging waste: description, waste data, economic and environmental impact, quality of sorted materials






Feedback by the PPW case studies’ experts:

  • Theo Leferink op Reinink (Policy advisor Waste & Circular Procurement; Tubbergen)
  • Ulisse Appiani (Municipality of Parma)
  • Tom Claeys (IVAGO/Gent)
  • Julia Blees (Policy Officer, European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC))


Open dialogue



PART II: WEEE (Chaired by Bernhard Steubing, University Leiden)



Presentation of COLLECTORS case studies on WEEE: description, waste data, economic and environmental impact, quality of sorted materials




Feedback by the WEEE case studies’ experts:

  • Etienne Vitre (Director; Cyclad)
  • Phil Morton (Global Ambassador; WEEE Forum)
  • Elsa Agante (electrao PT)



Open dialogue


Practical information

Venue: Copernic Conference Centre, Warsaw

Interpretation will be provided in English and Polish

The event is free, however you have to register using the form below. Registrations will be closed on the 14/06/2019, or when no more seats are available.



Registrations are now closed.


More information and contact

Jean-Benoit Bel, ACR+