COLLECTORS Newsletter #2


Catch up with the project’s developments!

The COLLECTORS project has been running for about 10 months. After its kick-off meeting in Treviso, where the consortium discussed and selected the key parameters to document waste collection systems, the project has been progressing toward its goal to identify, document, and disseminate good practices on municipal waste collection and recycling.

The definition of key parameters led to three data templates for each of the waste streams tackled by the project (paper and packaging waste, WEEE, and construction and demolition waste), which were used by the different partners to collect data on waste collection systems across Europe. To do so, they took advantage of publicly available data and directly contacted local authorities.

This data collection led to the definition of a consistent database which is now used to identify good practices, leading to the definition of 12 “case studies”: waste collection systems that achieve interesting results in different contexts, e.g. in high or low density areas, touristic places… This selection of case studies was achieved thanks to the participation of public authorities through multi-criteria decision making exercise organised during the 2nd project meeting in Malta, where participants could share their opinion on key criteria to make such selection.

The next steps of the project will consist in consolidating the database and performing cross-analyses, as well as identify the final list of the 12 case studies, that will then be further analysed to assess their environmental, economic, and “circular” performances.

The consortium will also focus its efforts to progressively make available its finding, especially through the implementation of a web platform making the database accessible in a user-friendly way.


New step with the identification of 24 well-performing waste management systems in Europe

Gathered in Malta from 25-28 September 2018, COLLECTORS reached a new stage with the first steps of the selection of 12 case studies to be studied in the coming months.

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Waste management in islands and remote areas

On 26 September 2018, the 2nd conference of COLLECTORS took place in Malta, hosted by WasteServ Malta, focusing on waste management in islands and remote areas. In particular, it included two roundtables enabling public authorities to discuss challenges and solutions to waste management on islands and remote areas as well as how to boost performances by re-shapping waste management systems. Presentations from the conference are available online.

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COLLECTORS goes to the next round! 242 waste collection systems throughout Europe mapped!

After the set of key parameters for describing and assessing key elements of waste collection systems has been defined in the first project phase, the actual “mapping of information on waste collection systems throughout Europe” finally started in spring 2018. It led to an inventory including information on 242 local waste collection systems from 25 EU countries.

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Experts discussed criteria for identifying good practices in waste collection

During the working sessions held in Malta, members of the Regional Working Group, together with the local experts and project partners discussed the criteria that should be used for identifying good practices in different regional contexts.

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Fostering smart technologies and related policies in waste management: the WINPOL project kicks off

WINPOL kick off WINPOL, a new Interreg Europe project, has just been launched. It gathers European cities and regions committed to mainstream the use of intelligent equipment and related waste management policies on their territories and beyond.

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First International E-Waste Day met with success

The first International E-Waste Day held on the 13 October 2018 to promote the proper management of electrical and electronic equipment has been hailed a ‘tremendous success’ by its organisers.

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Publication of the “WEEE Compliance Promotion Exercise”

A study on common challenges regarding WEEE management in the EU Member States has been published by BiPRO – Part of Ramboll and Deloitte, including 28 country factsheets on the practical implementation of the WEEE Directive in the individual Member States, and eight country policy fiches containing an in-depth analysis of challenges and good practices in the selected Member States.

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The Council of the EU adopts conclusions on the EU action plan for the circular economy

On 25 June 2018, the Environment Council adopted conclusions on delivering the EU action plan for the circular economy. The Council reconfirmed the potential of the circular economy to achieve sustainable growth and to reduce the dependency of the EU on non-renewable primary raw materials, in particular through an increased recycling of plastic products.

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MEPs propose ways to boost plastics recycling

New EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are among the proposals set out in the non-binding draft resolution adopted on 13 September 2018 by the European Parliament.

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European Commission reviews implementation of EU waste rules

The European Commission published the latest review of how well EU waste rules are applied across Europe, presenting challenges and ways forward. 14 European countries that are lagging behind are presented with early warning reports, including possible actions to improve their waste management.

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Reduce and Refuse, Recycle and Replace – Plastics Roadmap for Finland

The Plastics Roadmap for Finland, prepared by a cooperation group appointed for this purpose, has been submitted to Minister Tiilikainen. It is the first step towards a new, sustainable plastic economy. Of the more than 100 proposals made, the roadmap presents a set of key actions to find solutions to challenges caused by plastics.

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