COLLECTORS clustering and knowledge sharing

During the  course of the COLLECTORS project, we identified many related EU-projects in order to promote knowledge sharing, leverage on other projects’ experiences and results, avoid duplication and maximise the impact of COLLECTORS. The methodology, identified projects, lessons learned, and clustering activities are described in two documents:

  • The COLLECTORS report on the identified projects covers the identification, mapping and selection of relevant projects. The report includes the methodology of mapping  the projects, the scope, and the description of the identified projects, giving an overall insight in the amount of waste related projects undertaken in Europe.
  • The COLLECTORS factsheets describing the clustering activities. To promote knowledge sharing, multiple freshly started EU-projects have been selected and approached for clustering purposes. In order to maximise the impact of the tools and knowledge developed within COLLECTORS, clustering sessions have been held with the main objective to enable these projects to use the COLLECTORS results.

All factsheets contain a short clustering-project summary, a description of the relevant COLLECTORS tools, a description including hyperlinks with the relevant COLLECTORS reports, and lastly a tailored section on knowledge sharing where COLLECTORS partners explain or elaborate on specific questions of the clustering-project. This results in a useful and practical factsheet where project partners of the clustering-project can find and look up relevant information for their future research.

Clustering started with the compilation of a matrix to determine which of the COLLECTORS tools is of most interest to the clustering project. The following tools and/or reports are identified and presented to the projects:

  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA); An environmental assessment on waste collection in Europe by applying LCA, analysing how improving municipal waste collection can reduce the environmental impact for the PPW, WEEE and CDW.
  • Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA); A financial assessments on waste collection in Europe by applying CBA, analysing how separate collection for PPW, WEEE and CDW can be implemented while balancing costs.
  • Value Chain Analysis (VCA); Assessment of the contribution of waste collection systems to improve circularity and on solutions implemented in waste collection systems that enable the recycler to produce more value, by producing better (qualitative) secondary materials.
  • Social Acceptance Analysis (SAA); An assessment in dialogue with citizens of the implemented solutions and key elements for societal acceptance on waste collection in Europe.
  • Multiple-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM); A decision making tool used for prioritising elements and aspects of waste collection systems by weighing and ranking parameters.
  • Policy recommendations; Synthesis of all COLLECTORS results, the feedback from stakeholders and experts on the regulatory and governance barriers or catalysers to effective waste collection.
  • Good practices; Description of the 12 good performing waste collection practices identified in the COLLECTORS project.