The municipality of Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel will be the host of the 7th Mutual Learning event on 20-21 March 2018 and the accompanying Municipality Forum within the framework of URBAN-WASTE.

The event will focus on discussing the biowaste treatment options, suitable for urban areas and those which can serve as a solution for seasonal variations in the biowaste quantities due to tourism and bigger number of visitors and seasonal residents. In addition, the study visits will be organised in order to showcase the solutions already in place on the island. Two hotels will be presented that are advanced in terms of waste management adjusted to tourism. The Municipality and the regional authority will also present how they manage waste collection in the countryside and nature reserves where a large number of tourists go.

ACR+, being a co-organiser of the programme, is inviting ACR+ members to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in case they are interested in joining the Mutual Learning event and share solutions and practices implemented in their cities or regions.

ACR+ is part of a consortium working for EPSON (European Territorial Observatory Network that aims to inspire policy making with territorial evidence) on a new study named CIRCTER. The main objective of this analysis on circular economy is to provide evidence on the territorial dimension of the transition towards a circular economy and to provide evidence on local and regional patterns and flows of materials, including resources and waste. The analysis of the territorial dimension aims to cover changes in resource use, design, production, distribution, consumption and waste management. In addition, it aims to provide input to European regions and cities on their potential for implementing steps towards a circular economy.
ACR+ is mainly involved in:

  • The highlight of useful policy recommendations for different types of territories based on a comprehensive but not exhaustive inventory of national, regional and local polices successful in stimulating the circular economy;
  • The in-depth analysis of 6 circular economy cases;
  • The creation of a Policy Guide to give regional and city authorities a guidance in facilitating the transition towards circular economy.

The project will provide its final results in May 2019.

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In the framework of the IMPACTPapeRec project, Two eLearning modules have been designed and made available online. Practical and engaging, they focus on two topics: selective collection and recycling.
With the first module, participants will discover subjects such as the EU waste policy and legislation, the different types of collection systems, and an explanation of separate collection of paper and board for recycling. Additionally, they will learn more about the 34 good and best practices included in the Handbook as well as about incentives and policy measures. In the last lesson of this module, tools to help evaluating collection systems on a territory are presented. The second module deals with recycling, explaining its role in the circular economy and in the EU waste policies and legislation. Participants will get familiar with the different grades of paper, the European standard EN 643 on paper for recycling, and the different steps of the recycling process. Each lesson of both modules is accompanied by a quiz which will help participants assess their understanding of the lesson.

The eLearning modules will be presented more in details during the upcoming ACR+ webinar focusing on the IMPACTPapeRec project and taking place on 15 February 2018 (11:00 – 12:00). This webinar will present in a clear way how ACR+ members can benefit from the outcomes of the project and use the practical tools and concrete steps developed by IMPACTPapeRec for improving paper and board collection on their territory.

The full programme of the webinar is available here. The webinar is open only to ACR+ members. To register, please contact the ACR+ Secretariat.

Together with more than 40 stakeholders from 14 countries, ACR+ took part in the 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the EU funded SWIM and Horizon 2020 - Support Mechanism project (SWIM-H2020 SM), which was held on 31 January 2018 in Jordan.
During the meeting, an overview of the project’s progress to date was provided; in fact, the bulk of the nearly 100 activities of the project are in progress. A constructive dialogue and consultation on them was also held. The feedback from the Focal Points of the Project’s Partner Countries namely Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia was very useful. They highlighted in particular the importance of the project at national and regional level and the necessity for uninterrupted continuation of the project with further in-depth involvement and presence of the project’s experts in the countries and more study visits and peer-to-peer interventions.
ACR+ is part of the team of experts who carry out capacity building activities aimed at public authorities in the Mediterranean countries to improve waste reduction and management performance.
Upcoming activities are planned in Morocco (on marine litter and coastal planning) and in Tunisia (on single use plastic bags strategy and multilayers packaging management).”


CCDR Centro (Regional Coordination and Development Commission – Centro of Portugal), is organizing the third SCREEN International Workshop in Brussels, on 22 February 2018. The workshop aims at ensuring an exchange of information among project partners and external public and private stakeholders on how to overcome barriers to the development of trans-regional circular economy initiatives and find targeted shortcuts.

As a priority, the workshop will also aims at stimulating the preparation of future collaborative projects and synergies aligned with the strategic areas identified by the SCREEN partners (within the Agriculture & food, (Smart) Packaging, (Resources from) water and wastewater, Biobased materials & biotechnology, Manufacturing and re-manufacturing, (Bio)Waste management and Construction domains).

The workshop's agenda is available here. The event is free but registration is required. The registration is open until 16 February 2018 through this link: goo.gl/screen_register

For more information you can reach the event’s organization team through the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the project's website.