Municipal waste management in the circular economy: how to reach high quality recycling ?

On 11 December 2019

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Municipal waste management has been evolving into more transversal strategies, tackling the challenges of waste prevention, and aiming to produce high-quality, secondary materials to be used as valuable resources for the recycling industry. Shifting towards waste management in a circular economy approach is a complex process, which requires the involvement of the citizens, cooperation with the different players of the recycling value chain, and the implementation of technical, organisational, communicative, and incentivising instruments. However, several territories achieved to reach high performances, leading to positive outcomes: generation of valuable recycled materials, reduction of carbon emissions, job creation, while keeping sustainable costs.

The City of Thessaloniki and the COLLECTORS project invite you to its upcoming conference taking place on 11 December 2019, and focusing on the challenges, solutions, and opportunities of municipal waste management. The conference will bring together European experts from various territories to discuss the future of waste recycling and will showcase the results of the COLLECTORS project on the identified good practices of waste collection, and their positive outcomes.

You can now register for the conference by filling the form on the Project's event page. The participation in the conference is free, but seats are limited !”


The agenda will be updated with speakers! 

09:00            Welcome of participant and registration
09:30   Introduction by the City of Thessaloniki
09:50   Presentation of the COLLECTORS project
10:00   Why do we need to move forward with waste management?
Why do we need to improve waste management across Europe?  What are the current challenges and opportunities in Europe, and in Greece?
Keynote speech: COLLECTORS’ perspective on the EU targets, environmental impact, and economic feasibility (LDE & PNO)
Panel discussion (participants TBC) and open discussion with the audience.
11:30   Coffee Break
12:00   Improving waste management practices – challenges and good practices on paper and packaging waste, and WEEE
What are the challenges faced by local players for implementing successful waste collection systems? What lessons can be learnt for good practices across Europe? Extended producer responsibility organisations and municipalities discuss the challenges and solutions toward high performances.
Keynote speech: presentation of the COLLECTORS case studies
Panel discussion (participants TBC) and open discussion with the audience.
13:30   Lunch break

Waste collection toward the circular economy
How to shift toward a circular economy strategy? What are the current limitations of waste collection systems? How to better align waste collection systems with the needs of reuse organisations and recyclers?
Keynote speech: the role of waste collection system in the recycling value chain and how to improve it (VITO)

Panel discussion (participants TBC) and open discussion with the audience.

16:00   Conclusion
16:15   Repair café organised by the ReWEEE project

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