Newsletter January 2011

Check out the bio-waste prevention good practices!

zoom sur le compostWithin the framework of the Miniwaste project, ACR+ was responsible for developing an inventory of knowledge - and therefore to identify and describe good practices regarding bio-waste prevention in Europe that could be duplicated by local and regional authorities. The final report comprises ten factsheets and a number of annexes. Nine factsheets focus on bio-waste prevention while the tenth addresses reuse centres.

The ten factsheets are:

  1. Home composting - Italy (Piemonte)
  2. Home composting - UK (Kent)
  3. Home composting - Portugal (Lipor)
  4. Home composting - France (Chambery)
  5. Community composting - Belgium (Flemish Region)
  6. Community composting - Switzerland (Zürich)
  7. Farm proximity composting - Austria (Freistadt)
  8. Fight against food waste - UK (WRAP)
  9. Closed Loop gardening - Belgium (Flemish Region)
  10. Reuse centers - Belgium (Flemish Region)

For each of these, ACR+ provided detailed information regarding the general characteristics of the responsible body, local context, applied strategy (objectives, approach and methodology), relevant instruments, stakeholders, the means and actions (including communications), legislative  and financial aspects, results, indicators and monitoring tools (if any), as well as the challenges encountered and success factors applied.

You can consult the complete inventory report on the Miniwaste website (

The Miniwaste project: where are we now?

Projet MiniwasteACR+ has finalised the inventory of bio-waste prevention good practices, which is now  online (see previous article for more information). In parallel, Cemagref has made good progressed with the methodology (protocol) on the quantitative assessment of composted waste in individual housing. It has also started its experimentations regarding the methodologies (protocols) for the quantitative assessment of the composted waste in collective (multi-family) housing and requirements, the quality assessment of home-made composts and its comparison of different types of composters in collective housing. Also, Rennes Métropole is moving forwards with a computerised tool for monitoring and assessing bio-waste reduction. This includes definitions of the process and a basket of potential indicators.

Three partners (Rennes Métropole, Lipor and Brno) have also been heavily involved on the ground by distributing composter bins, organising training, setting up demonstration sites, with the view to help residents reduce bio-waste. The partners have implemented information actions, such as e-mailings and SMS sending, distribution of handbooks and guides, as well as the development of local websites on composting:

In addition, during the 2010 European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), some partners were involved in some of the 4,346 waste prevention awareness-raising actions implemented during this week. In particular, Rennes Métropole organised a bio-waste vermicomposting workshop, ACR+ held a lunchtime seminar on waste prevention projects, and Lipor hosted a percussion event (a ‘BatucaMob’).
What’s coming next for Miniwaste? The partners will continue their demonstration and dissemination actions alongside their technical activities involving both individuals and sites in bio-waste prevention. In addition, an important event will be the upcoming Experts Conference in Brno in September 2011.

Focus on a partner: Lipor

LiporEach issue of the Miniwaste newsletter focuses on one of the five Miniwaste partners (Rennes Métropole, ACR+, Lipor, Brno and Cemagref). This time, Lipor is under the spotlight.

What does Lipor stands for?

Lipor is the Intermunicipal Waste Management Service of Greater Porto. It is the entity responsible for the management, valorisation, and treatment of municipal solid waste produced by its eight associated municipalities in the Porto region.

In order to treat around 500,000 tons of municipal solid waste produced by 1 million inhabitants every year, Lipor has developed an integrated strategy based on three main components – multi-material valorisation, organics valorisation and energy recovery – complemented by a sanitary landfill for the disposal of that which cannot be recovered. This integrated system is supported by a set of complementary activities and projects concerning Waste Prevention and Environmental Education.

Lipor’s role in Miniwaste

Within the framework of its organic waste management, Lipor distributes free individual compost bins to the inhabitants of its Associated Municipalities. Miniwaste will be the catalyst for this action, by making the population aware of the benefits of home and neighbourhood composting.

Lipor organises individual monitoring for participants and allows them to exchange experiences via a local network of ‘composting masters’. In parallel, Lipor works to increase neighbourhood composting in the Porto region by stressing the social aspect of this measure (bringing people together around a shared interest). By the end of the project, LIPOR aims to set in place fifty composting sites (there were ten at the beginning of the project) and 6,000 people trained in composting techniques. Training in food conservation and cooking (how to use leftovers) will also be developed.

Moreover, Lipor is involved in awareness-raising actions within the project and composting in general, through their local website (, along with short video documentaries, emailing, radio adverts, etc.

Miniwaste from Lipor’s point of view

According to Dr Fernando Leite, Director of Lipor, Portugal is a country with poor soils, mainly in the south region, where there is already some desertification. So, the composting of organic matter produced every day by municipalities is a valuable means of diverting that useful material from landfill, but more importantly enriches the soils.

The Miniwaste Project, said Fernando Leite, allows the Composting Project to expand because provides knowledge and monitoring, both crucial for the success of all the actions.

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a 3-year European project funded by the LIFE+ programme of the European Commission that aims to design, implement and assess an innovative and sustainable strategic plan to MINImise municipal organic WASTE in EU countries, up until 2012.

With the financial support of the LIFE+ program of the European commission

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