Pre-waste training session in Bucharest, 12th October 2011

Cities and regions had the opportunity to be trained by EU experts in waste prevention, during a one-day training session to held in Bucharest on 12 October 2011. Organized by SPCII Ilfov, ACR+ and Brussels Environment, this interactive and practical event focused on how to elaborate a waste prevention plan and how to transfer waste prevention good practices in regional contexts.

Considering the European obligation for Member States to publish national waste prevention plans or programmes by the end of 2013, and the fact that in practice those plans and programmes will have to find a concrete implementation at local and regional level, this training was a key event for the Pre-waste partners. The main audience was of course made of representatives of the Pre-waste partners, but the training was also open to other stakeholders, being representatives of European local and regional authorities, the private sector, NGOs or even the academic sector.

Half of the training was dedicated to waste prevention planning, covering what a waste prevention plan should look like, what are the key steps to keep in mind when drafting a waste prevention plan and what are the main difficulties encountered in waste prevention planning. The other half of the training was about the transferability of waste prevention good practices, covering what the key elements are to ensure their implementation in an area. During the training, a specific focus was given to the good practices gathered by the Pre-waste partners, in link with waste prevention planning, as this training was also aimed at helping the partners drafting feasibility studies about some initiatives they wish to implement in their territory.

Training programme

After a welcome speech by George Cotea (SPCII Ilfov – host and organiser) and an introduction about the Pre-waste project by Lorenzo Federicioni (Marche Region – lead partner), the plenary session included 2 presentations:

Two parallel sessions about how to make a waste prevention plan took place after the plenary session, in order to allow the participants to digg deeper in the matter and to give the opportunity of making exercises and exchange on concrete issues:

The afternoon was dedicated to the transferability of waste prevention good practices, also in parallel sessions. The goal was to help participants to assess strengths and weaknesses of selected Pre-waste good practices. Two groups were constituted, in order to address the following issues, under the coaching of the trainers:

  • Food waste (Rachel Gray – WRAP, UK), with the case study of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign implemented in the UK
  • Specific group coaching (Laurence Bouret – Rudologia, France), with the case study of the families coaching in France and Brussels

A plenary wrap-up session concluded the training.

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