Webinar recording on the costs and benefits of improved paper and packaging waste collection now available

The COLLECTORS project consortium is happy to announce that the recording of the webinar we organized on 30 April is now available for download online at this link.

The session was an interactive discussion about how improving the selective collection of the above-mentioned waste fractions impacts costs. During it, three speakers presented different aspects of the topic:

  • Twan van Leeuwen of PNO Consultants, a COLLECTORS project partner, shared insights from his research into the paper and packaging waste collection systems in Parma (Italy), Berlin, Rennes (France), Ghent (Belgium), and Tubbergen (the Netherlands). His conclusions were that the financial performance of pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) schemes for paper and packaging waste were supported by a number of policies at the national level, such as the existence of extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes, landfill and incineration taxes, and landfill bans; that the costs of improving waste collection didn’t necessarily have to translate into increased waste fees for residents; and that operating a PAYT-based collection system increases costs for municipal waste companies, but that the revenues for such companies also increase. His presentation can be viewed here.
  • Gabriele Folli, former deputy mayor of the city of Parma, spoke about how the municipality managed to lower the average waste fees for its residents while increasing separate waste collection to over 81%. His presentation is available for download here.
  • Michele Giavini of ARS Ambiente discussed the importance of information and awareness to improve the performance of waste collection systems, while zomming into the case of the Italian municipality of Seveso. A technique that Michele has introduced, know as you throw (KAYT), is increasingly being used to complement taxes (like PAYT schemes) with ongoing, bespoke feedback about residents’ behaviour surrounding waste. KAYT is currently being piloted in three Italian and one Catalan municipalities under the LIFE REthinkWASTE project. His presentation can be accessed here.