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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region | SMART Waste PACA project advances Circular Economy in the region

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The European Commission has approved an investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action. ACR+ member the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) region has benefited from this package by getting funding for the LIFE IP Smart Waste PACA project.

The overall objectives of LIFE IP Smart Waste PACA are twofold:

  • the project aims to fully implement the departmental waste plans in compliance with the Waste Framework Directive;
  • the project aims to implement the regional waste management plan for the PACA region.

Households in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France produce more waste than the national average and the region has a low rate of sorted recycling collection as well as a heavy reliance on landfill facilities. By supporting innovation in waste prevention and management and fostering expertise and skills, this project will lead to around 30 % more organic waste being collected. As well as significantly reducing the amount of landfilled household waste, it will support the development of the circular economy in the region.