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The series of thematic seminars, organised in the framework of the INTHERWASTE project, are coming to an end with the last one to take place between 13 and 14 June 2018 in Cordoba, Spain. As such, the 5 pilot cities are starting the further stage in their cooperation – the bilateral meetings.
 
The first one took place on 18 April 2018 in Ghent, Belgium. The meeting was held between ACR+ member SADECO and IVAGO, the intercommunal waste management company providing waste collection and treatment in the city of Ghent. This bilateral meeting came as a result of SADECO's initiative after Ghent has presented their solar powered compacting bins during last year’s meeting on urban aesthetics in Ibiza. SADECO's objective is now to try to apply this technology in Cordoba.
 
The meeting kicked off with exchanging companies' backgrounds, similarities and differences and understanding mutual businesses in general. IVAGO shared their achievements in selective collection over the years as well as presented aspects of the Pay-As-You-Throw principle which is applied to the entire municipality through identification cards, priced garbage bags, integrated chips in waste bins and more. In total, their civic amenity sites accept 40 different types of waste.
 
The underground containers are already in place across the city of Ghent, with 20 more being installed later this year. They are all solar powered and delay the need for collection to every 3-4 day instead of twice per one day, even in the most frequent spots in the city. The compactor can detect the level of waste in the bin and compact it with 740 kg of pressure. The bins are customisable and can have promotional and advertising space, WiFi hotpsots and much more.

 

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The FISSAC 6th General Assembly took place in Valencia on 18-19 April 2018. This meeting gave partners the opportunity to discuss project progress and upcoming work. At 60% of the project’s lifespan, much work has already been realised.
 
Closed-loop recycling processes to transform waste into secondary raw materials have been fully designed, validated, and checked for quality assurance. The idea is to design new products using these same secondary raw materials. In the first half of the project, FISSAC characterised the manufacturing process and raw materials, as well as the requirements, and selected which raw materials to use. Partners are currently formulating the exact composition of the new products, creating prototypes at laboratory scale, and analysing results. Work on this aspect is being fined-tuned in order to have the prototypes ready in May 2018. After this, the next step is to validate these recycling processes new eco-innovative products at pre-industrial scale.

In recent months, partners have been actively involving stakeholders via the organisation of local living labs. ACR+ member OVAM has been organising these in Flanders, where they recently discussed the challenges and opportunities of urban mining for the construction and demolition sector. To find out more about the FISSAC living labs, please consult the dedicated section on the project website.
 
Social aspects of industrial symbiosis are also a key aspect of the project, coordinated by ACR+. To find out more about this topic, register to the upcoming webinar, which will take place on 31 May 2018.

 

ACR+ encourages all its members to use the opportunity to give more visibility and benefit from the exchange of good practices in the development of multifunctional places that enable waste prevention, reuse/repair and recycling. To do so, fill in a short questionnaire (estimated time spend 3 minutes), that is designed to gather basic information about the practices implemented.

The initiative is part of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy (UAPCE) which is gathering experiences and practices about so-called “Urban Resource Centres”, as multifunctional places that work to enable waste prevention, reuse/repair and recycling on a local level in European cities. Case studies will be compiled for selected “Urban Resource Centres” and published in a report showing good practices which can serve as inspiration to replicate these in further European cities.

The purpose of “Urban Resource Centres” can encompass the following aspects:
•    Stimulate education/communication/awareness raising amongst businesses and citizens (for instance as an information centre);
•    Encourage the social economy (including the collaborative economy) and social cohesion (for instance as a reuse centre);
•    Act as an incubator, collaborating with local companies to develop sustainable and circular business models (as a green incubator).
•    Encourage and enable more re-use, repair and recycling (with in-house activities).

The cases are accepted before 14 May 2018.  For further information, read the full call here. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact ACR+ Secretariat.

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The 2nd URBAN-WASTE webinar took place on 19 April 2018. This webinar came around the time when the 11 pilot cities and regions start implementing the measures which were earlier defined by the local Communities of Practices. Two measures which were developed within the project’s framework got special attention. Alberto Clavijo Rodriguez of University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Mattias Eriksson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences presented the two key outputs of the project – the WasteApp and the FoodWaste Tracker, respectively.
 
The aforementioned tools were developed in order to improve the environmental performance of both tourists and tourism service providers at the same time. While the WasteApp will be used by tourists in our 11 pilot cities and regions, the FoodWaste is a tool and an app which serves as an aid to the hotels and restaurants to combat food waste. The third speaker from NEYA Hotels in Lisbon, Pedro Texteira, presented the achievements and performances of the hotel that have been made during the last 6.5 years since the hotel was opened.

A survey was also run in order to see what participants think in terms of how such waste management could contribute to and influence tourists’ choices with regards to tourism service providers. Although some participants thought that tourists were looking for the best performances in environmentally friendly practices, the absolute majority still think that tourists would prefer a good combination of green businesses and affordability, keeping affordability as one of the key features of tourism service providers such as restaurants and hotels.
 
The recording of the webinar is available here, together with all the presentations.

 

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In April 2018, the INTHERWASTE project has entered its 5th running semester.  In order to review its past activities, the project released its 4th Newsletter.

In November 2017, the partnership held its 3rd thematic seminar on the “Integration of waste management solution into the Urban Décor of Heritage areas” in Ibiza. Some of the best practices presented during the seminar are described in detail in the following article. In addition, the full versions of the case studies from the first two seminars have been published on the INTHERWASTE website.

Focusing on the future, the last thematic seminar will address “Waste Minimization in Heritage areas” with the presentation of good practices on waste reduction and avoidance. Organised by the lead partner and ACR+ member Sadeco, it will be held on 13-14 June 2018 in Córdoba, Spain. For more information and possibilities to take part in the seminar, please contact the INTHERWASTE secretariat: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo." data-cke-saved-' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy40957 + '\'>'+addy_text40957+'<\/a>'; //--> .

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