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.