On 26 September 2018, the 2nd conference of COLLECTORS took place in Malta, hosted by WasteServ Malta. It focused on waste management in islands and remote areas. Opened by Hon. Herrera, Malta Environment Minister who detailed Malta’s new waste strategy and the generalisation of selective collection of organic waste on the island, the conference included experts’ point of view and two round tables.
Participants learnt about practical trials to increase the efficiency of WEEE collection, presented by Sven Grieger, European Advanced Recycling Network. They also got familiar with the concept of “know-as-you-throw” introduced by Michele Giavini from ARS Ambiente, as a complement to “pay-as-you-throw”, with the example of Seveso and the H2020 Waste4think project. During the first round table, Waste Serv Malta, the Balearic Islands and Epirus Region exchanged on their challenges regarding waste management but also shared solutions that they have successfully implemented. Indeed, projects like Interreg Med BLUEISLANDS are tackling directly the issues, especially by monitoring the impact of littering on beaches during touristic seasons. The second round table gave the floor to the cities of Zagreb, Warsaw, Stavanger and Vilnius as they are re-shaping their waste management systems to boost performances.
Presentations from the conference are now available online on the event’s page.