UrbanWaste 

The URBAN-WASTE project has just released one of its key outcomes: the WasteApp. This mobile application enables tourists in 11 pilot cities and regions to separate their waste correctly and contribute to overall efforts of these 11 pilots in waste prevention and management.

The WasteApp is a mobile phone application designed to promote users’ good behaviour regarding waste, to have a positive impact on waste management and follow cities’ litter policies. It has been created mainly for tourists, but can be used also by residents. The app is individually adapted to each of the 11 pilot cities and regions, and their characteristics. As of 1 December 2017 it can be used in Tenerife, Ponta Delgada, Florence, Nicosia, Kavala, Santander, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Nice, Syracuse and Dubrovnik.

It is based on gamification strategy’suse to encourage good practices, which differ from one pilot city to the other. The app includes evaluation as regards to correct use of bins, promotion of their use on social media, and assignment of points according to good behaviour. It also provides incentives as when performing good practices, it attributes points, that once accumulated can be exchanged in gifts or services provided by cities or participating entities. Furthermore, the app contains position of disposal facilities (such as bins, baskets), and eco-tips – advices for being a responsible and environmentally-friendly tourist. It also offers useful links (waste collection times, general rules) and how to report detected problems to the city, as well as cities’ strategies and policies and possibility of exchange information and feedbacks.

The WasteApp is available on both Google Play and App Store.

 More information: www.urban-waste.eu

 

On 27 November 2017, during the Cities Forum 2017 organized by the European Commission and the city of Rotterdam, ACR+ participated in the Workshop on Circular Consumption and Governance, which was held at the BlueCity - a remodelled tropical swimming pool that now functions as a location for circular businesses around the city of Rotterdam. This workshop was organised in the framework of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy (UAPCE).

During the workshop Håkon Jentoft, coordinator of the UAPCE, introduced the objectives and process of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy. After this, David Berg, Director of Urban Management in the City of Rotterdam, presented Rotterdam’s own approach to the circular economy, by sharing how the city is working on turning Rotterdam into a living lab for the circular economy. The City of Oslo then highlighted its current work on reducing material consumption and turning consumption in a city from a linear to a circular way, and various waste prevention cases were discussed by the workshop participants. The workshop continued by addressing Governance issues and in particular how to break structural walls between thematic, organizational and political silos to realize the transition to circular economy.

The Partnership further discussed these topics during the 6th meeting of the UAPCE on 29 November. In particular, proposed actions addressing regulation, knowledge and funding were debated, covering topics related to, among others, urban resources management, economic incentives, or the concepts of “one-stop shop” and resource centres for circular economy.

ACR+ joined the UAPCE earlier in 2017 and several of ACR+ members are also participating (OVAM and Maribor). An action plan will be adopted during the 1st half of 2018 with key actions aimed at supporting the development of circular economy in urban areas.“

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Organised under the initiative of 4 EPR Club members (ACR+, CITEO, DSD and SUEZ) and in partnership with the European Parliament Intergroup, an international conference “Towards circular plastics – how to bridge existing gaps?” took place on 22 November 2017. The conference aimed to consolidate discussions on the current challenges towards circularity of plastics and how to bridge the existing gaps.

The conference included a keynote speech from DG Environment of the European Commission, followed by panel debates giving an overview of three different phases of the plastics circle: production, (post-) consumption and recovery. Policymakers, industries, NGOs, and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the challenges and opportunities to circularity of plastics and shared their vision for closing the existing gaps.

In an opening remark MEP Pavel Poc has highlighted that plastics are high on the agenda for the Commission which will soon be releasing the Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. In the keynote speech Hugo Schally from DG Environment of the European Commission outlined that the transition to a circular economy is a priority for the EU. It was outlined that the Circular Economy Action Plan includes plastics as one of its priorities also underlining that it is linked to other priorities in a cross sectorial way. Regarding the upcoming Strategy for Plastics, it was said that it is essential to link the communication on the interface between chemicals, waste and product policy, which is also under preparation in order to ensure that materials are safe and designed for the long term.

The conference further proceeded with three panel discussions, providing an overview of three phases of the plastics circle: production, (post-) consumption and recovery. The first panel discussed that a right balance has to be struck in order to ensure that applicable legislation is put forward for many types of industries and various types of plastics without it becoming too detailed and thus hampering innovation. The second panel elaborated that companies face difficulties in supporting legislative action on recycled plastics use in products since they have high internal standards on quality and safety. It was thus suggested to commence with a bar set low for the minimum recycled content required in order to initiate investments that would allow increasing quality of the material. The last panel focused on the idea that it is imperative to boost cooperation between the plastic value chain actors.

The conference concluded by highlighting that the EU must achieve responsible, recyclable and environmentally friendly use of plastics as it is contained in all areas of daily lives and lay it down in a comprehensive legislative process.

A full summary of the conference as well as presentations are available on the EPR Club website.

 

ACR+ is partner of the 9th edition of the well-established South-East European (SEE) Conference and Exhibition on Waste Management and Recycling which will be held on 27 to 29 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Over the years of its existence since 2010, the event has proved its significance for the Region dealing with its priority sectors and facilitating the establishment of new business partnerships and strengthening the existing ones. Bringing together environmentally friendly and rewarding technologies, know-how, experts, providers, decision makers from across Europe at one place, the event focuses on the South-East European market. Moreover “Save the Planet” will promote solutions for the local business to improve its competitiveness and showcase how the municipalities can benefit from the clever waste management.

In parallel, the SEE Conference on Waste Management & Recycling’18 will focus on topics such as Circular Economy, bio-waste, and ways to finance waste management projects.

Should you have any questions regarding the participation options, do not hesitate to contact conference organiser Via Expo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-cke-saved-' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy96363 + '\'>'+addy_text96363+'<\/a>'; //--> . The participation in the conference is free of charge.

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On 1 December 2017 the COLLECTORS project officially startedThe project aims at identifying and highlighting existing good practices on the collection and sorting of packaging and paper waste, WEEE and construction and demolition waste. Indeed, despite the availability of documented good practices, results of existing studies have not been effective enough in supporting the implementation of better-performing systems and many territories are still lagging behind when it comes to achieving current recycling targets.

To address this issue, 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, remoteness, or limited resources to invest in an ambitious waste strategy. To help decision-making on waste collection, the project will highlight 12 good practices, with the aim of gaining insight into the overall performance of systems by detailing their results on the quality of sorted materials, the positive economic and environmental outcomes of shifting to better-performing for the territory and the social acceptance.

To ease the transfer of good practices and make the results of the project beneficial to the relevant stakeholders, a participative approach will be developed toward citizen, public authorities and any other relevant actor of the recycling value-chain.

The project is coordinated by PNO Consultants and brings together consultancies, research institutes and various networks. ACR+ will be in charge of the external stakeholders’ involvement by enabling a dialog with the project’s target audience (public authorities, citizens, etc.) and the consortium. In particular, ACR+ will set a Regional Working Group composed of European cities and regions willing to participate in the project and benefit from its findings.