The main objective of this project, coordinated by the Institute of Technology DeustoTech at the University of Deusto, Spain, is to move current waste management practices forward into a circular economy pattern which demonstrates the value of integrating and validating a set of twenty eco-innovative solutions that cover the whole waste value chain.
The benefits of these solutions are enhanced by a holistic waste data management methodology, which is practised in four urban areas in Europe:
- Zamudio, Spain, is a highly industrialised area with a widely spread population that makes use of a separated kerbside collection system;
- Halandri, Greece, is a large suburban city with a wide range of businesses with a very basic waste management system;
- Seveso, Italy, is a residential town that uses a door-to-door collection system;
- Cascais, Portugal, is an extensive and highly touristic coastal town that has an advanced collection system.
Country: Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain
Coordinator: DeustoTech (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto), Spain http://deustotech.deusto.es/
- Zabala Innovation Consulting, S.A., Spain.
- Ayuntamiento de Zamudio, Spain.
- Asociación Cluster de Industrias de Medioambiente de Euskadi, Aclima, Spain.
- Green Technologies, Greece.
- Enbio EPE, Greece
- National Technical University of Athens, NTUA, Greece.
- University of Patras, Greece.
- Serious Games Interactive, Denmark.
- ARS Ambiente SRL., Italy.
- Comune di Seveso, Italy.
- Legambiente Lombardia Onlus, Italy.
- SOFTLINE SRL, Italy.
- MOBA Mobile Automation, Germany.
- ENGINEERING, Italy
- EMAC Empresa Municipal de Ambiente de Cascais EM SA, Portugal.
- Agència d’Ecologia Urbana de Barcelona, Spain.
- VIRTUALWARE, Spain.
Programme: Horizon 2020
Target groups: college students, education authorities, general public, primary school students
Topic: Environmental sciences
Start year: 2016
End year: 2019
Contact person: Edurne, Email edurne (at) aclima.eus
WASTE4THINK is coordinated by the Institute of Technology DeustoTech and structured around nine work packages (WPs) meant to achieve the project’s objectives in an efficient manner.
The objective of work package one (WP1) is twofold. On the one hand, this work package describes all the actions and requirements for setting up sites for the project’s pilot activities. On the other hand, it describes the project’s expected impact through its technological and non-technological actions, deployed on its pilot sites.
The main objective of work package two (WP2), “Development of Computer Assisted Integral Waste Management Systems,” is to develop IT tools that support waste managers in operation and planning systems. For this purpose, an appropriate data management platform for waste is deployed to retrieve, store and exploit recorded data. This platform optimises integral waste management holistically by taking into consideration factors such as socio-economic variables, patterns in population generations and geospatial data. Those IT tools provide the building blocks needed to construct the rest of the project’s solutions. Finally, an incentive planning tool is implemented to support the adoption of solutions that are based on the circular economy.
The objective of the third work package (WP3), “Implementation of alternatives for the recovery of high-grade materials,” is to demonstrate, within the context of a circular economy, innovative approaches for waste streams that are currently either handled in a non-optimised way or diverted to landfills. More specifically, the main principles of a circular economy are applied to kitchen waste, disposable nappies and expired food products. This creates products of high value and/or energy and thus decreases their diversion ratio to landfills.
The activities of the fourth work package (WP4), “Creation of Innovative Social Actions,” are to:
- define new social actions to promote prevention and citizen empowerment;
- implement a set of teaching units and serious games to increase the impact of the social actions and foster mutual learning;
- carry out a citizen science activity for the co-creation of innovative solutions based on eco-designs;
- design three apps to foster transparency and citizen engagement.
Work package five (WP5), “Definition of new Economic Instruments” defines proper regulations and incentive schemes, at the level of municipalities, aimed at introducing innovative Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) systems or other penalty and/or reward schemes effectively.
Work package six (WP6), “Exploitation of Eco-innovative solutions,” identifies and makes use of tools that are ready for the market in order to introduce eco-innovative solutions. These solutions are tested and deployed by the project’s partners, thus facilitating connections with other cities and potential investors who are interested in sustainable urban environments.
The objectives of work package seven (WP7), “Dissemination and Communication,” are to:
- implement an ambitious Dissemination and Communication Plan to structure and manage an effective communication strategy and to ensure public coverage of the project’s results at the piloting level.
- promote the project by organising various events, participating in top level conferences and fostering cooperation among similar projects to engage citizens, public administrations, stakeholders, the scientific community and other initiatives and platforms in the European Union.
Knowledge and information transfer through multiple channels and networks is centrally coordinated and managed under work package eight (WP8), “Project Management.”
Finally, work package nine (WP9), “Ethics,” defines a set of ethical issues that may affect the project’s activities.