Check out the bio-waste prevention good practices!
Within 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:
- Home composting - Italy (Piemonte)
- Home composting - UK (Kent)
- Home composting - Portugal (Lipor)
- Home composting - France (Chambery)
- Community composting - Belgium (Flemish Region)
- Community composting - Switzerland (Zürich)
- Farm proximity composting - Austria (Freistadt)
- Fight against food waste - UK (WRAP)
- Closed Loop gardening - Belgium (Flemish Region)
- Reuse centers - Belgium (Flemish Region)
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 (www.miniwaste.eu).
The Miniwaste project: where are we now?
ACR+ 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
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?
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
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
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.
Lipor is involved in awareness-raising actions within the project and
composting in general, through their local website
(www.hortadaformiga.com), along with short video documentaries,
emailing, radio adverts, etc.
Miniwaste from Lipor’s point of view
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.
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.
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