Is there such a thing as a “Best Practice” for waste collection? While several
general principles – such as source separation, communication, incentives – are
known to increase recycling rates, their concrete application might be
challenging. Indeed, a practice that is successful in a territory might not
produce the same high results when applied to a different context. For
instance, civic amenity sites offer a compelling solution for source
separation; however, their effectiveness is challenged in a context with high
population density. Another example: traditional communication campaigns are
likely to have a limited impact in territories with a significant proportion of
tourists. Hence the importance of adapting common best practices to local
The COLLECTORS consortium invites you to discuss these questions during its first public event hosted by CONTARINA S.p.A., the public company managing waste in the province of Treviso. These issues will be debated by a panel of waste experts, and representatives of European public authorities will expose their own solution to adapt common waste practices to their specific local challenges. Discussions will contribute to determine which local constraints are important to take into account and how they can be addressed, thus contributing to COLLECTORS’ collection of data and identification of relevant good practices.
COLLECTORS is a new Horizon 2020 project that started in December 2017 and focuses on good practices for the collection and sorting of three waste categories: packaging and paper waste, WEEE, and construction and demolition waste. The COLLECTORS project aims to increase awareness of the collection potential by compiling information on successful waste management systems either reaching high performances or effectively tackling strong local constraints such as high population density or remoteness.
More information about the project below.