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Gathered in Malta from 25-28 September 2018, the COLLECTORS project consortium has reached a new stage with the first steps of the selection of 12 case studies to be studied in the coming months. Members of COLLECTORS Regional Working Group, composed of 12 experts from various European local and regional authorities, were presented the information that has been collected by the project consortium concerning 242 waste collection systems in 25 European countries, focusing on Paper and Packaging Waste (PPW), Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW).

They also looked at different criteria describing the performance of the systems (such as capture rate, availability of bring points, etc.), and some general criteria that describe the characteristics of the regions (such as GDP per inhabitant, remoteness of the area and population density). Using these criteria, the Regional Working Group was then tasked to assess and rank the performances and relevance of each identified waste management system. Structured group decision-making processes enabled to identify a pool of 24 case studies that will lead to the final selection of 5 PPW systems, 5 WEEE systems and 2 CDW systems for further analyses, reflecting well-performing systems in specific contexts (such as touristic areas, territories with low GDP, etc.).

Hosted by ACR+ member Waste Serv Malta, the public waste operator of Malta, the event also included site visits and a public conference on waste management in islands and remote areas. Opened by Hon. Herrera, Malta Environment Minister who detailed Malta’s new waste strategy and the generalisation of selective collection of organic waste on the island, the conference included experts’ point of view and two round tables.

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