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The DECISIVE project has published a report "State-of-the-art of communication materials and incentive methods for improving biowaste"

focusing on how to ensure the involvement of waste producers in decentralised biowaste management systems. The report focuses on three main target audiences: households, restaurants, and collective catering services such as school canteens.

The report examines existing guidelines and good practices that can be replicated. While these examined practices primarily focus on ensuring that the DECISIVE units would receive sufficient quantities of proper quality source-separated bio-waste, they also tackle food waste reduction, and look into potential promotion and public acceptance of the DECISIVE treatment units. Finally, they present benchmarking elements on the biowaste generation and composition, as well as the potential impact of several communication activities and incentives on biowaste management. The documented good practices highlight the effectiveness of a combination of several incentives and communication instruments. Likewise, the effectiveness of legal obligation, and more importantly of PAYT systems is also highlighted.

Communication activities and incentives mainly aim to enable the behavioural change of waste producers.  Incentives cover a wide range of actions: the quality of the collection service, the pre-collection and collection material proposed to waste producers, the controls made to ensure a proper sorting associated with responses, financial instruments, and legal obligation. Communication activities are also very diverse, ranging from very general advertisement campaigns to direct engagement of the population through workshops and training sessions.



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