Project in details

Pre-waste’s objectives include the definition of a common methodology for efficient regional waste prevention policies, the exchange of good practices, the assessment of waste prevention actions efficiency and monitoring.

Waste prevention methodology

Pre-waste partners that agreed on guidelines for planning, implementing and monitoring regional waste prevention policies. This methodology aims at enabling regional and local authorities to implement an effective waste prevention policy in terms of planning, monitoring and implementation. Being a synthesis document, this methodology highlights key elements and examples of ideas to ensure the success of such policy.

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Good Practices

All Pre-waste partners are engaged in the selection of waste prevention good practices and in the identification of a shared methodology that enables regional or local authorities to employ an effective waste prevention policy in terms of planning and implementation. The partners identified some 100 cases and selected fifty good practices, on which they gathered more information. Out of these good practices, twenty will be picked as the best waste prevention initiatives.

In order to assess the transferability of one or more good practices in its own territory, each partner carries out a feasibility study. Besides, common indicators and a web tool aimed at assessing the effectiveness of waste prevention actions and politics will be defined (see below).

All in all, the gathered good practices in waste prevention should be diverse, taking into account parameters such as: diversity in the actions and actors involved, diversity in waste fraction, diversity in the scale of the actions, diversity in the territories characteristics (size, density, types of housing), but also anteriority and sufficient hindsight (assessment of the results available), sufficiency of data and monitoring, etc. Regarding composting, it was agreed that home and neighbourhood composting initiatives fall within the scope of this project, as the compostable material is not collected by the municipality.

The good practices should enable regional/local authorities to implement an effective waste prevention policy in terms of planning and implementation, while a variety of actors – public or private – may be involved in the initiation and/or implementation of the good practices. Note that even good practices initiated and implemented by NGOs and citizens can be included if they are transferrable and can be integrated into waste prevention policies by public entities elsewhere.

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Waste prevention monitoring

Independently of the good practices identification process, Pre-waste partners will also carry out waste prevention monitoring. The final goal is to set up a shared web tool and a common methodology for local authorities to assess the impact of their waste prevention policies thanks to a set of indicators.

Waste prevention observation consists of setting up indicators in order to monitor the resources allocated to the action or policy, the results of this action or policy, and to assess its efficiency regarding sustainable development.

In practical terms, observation consists of setting up indicators using available data and monitoring them. An indicator is an instrument used to monitor the state or the evolution of a system in order to understand it. They are set up for a certain goal and are addressed to a specific audience; this is important, since one given indicator cannot give the “complete picture” on the element it is monitoring: it only shows a partial and often subjective view of it. Setting up indicators for a given subject or on a given system consists in a synthesis between the goals of the observation and the data available on that subject.

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The project implementation and results

The Pre-waste project has been divided in two halves, with the following task calendar:

First half of the project:

  • Mapping: each partner gathers information on waste prevention policies (mini-factsheets) in its territory, in other territories in its country and/or in other countries (to cover EU27).
  • Identification of 50 good practices from this mapping and completing more detailed factsheets on each good practice. These will focus on strengths and weaknesses, as well as local characteristics and specificities
  • Events: Besides the regular expert group meetings, information on the 50 good practices is exchanged at an EU conference in Brussels and during the Joint Interregional Training Session in Bucharest.

Second half of the project, based on the 50 good practices:

  • Feasibility study: Among the 50 good practices, each partner identifies one or several practices it wishes to implement in its territory and carries out a feasibility study.
  • The array of indicators developed in is tested and used to identify 20 best practices.
  • Key parameters for effective transfer from one territory to another are analysed.
  • Finally a shared methodology is published and disseminated at a closing conference in Brussels.

The resuls

As a final result, public entities, directly or indirectly involved in the project, will have a deeper knowledge about good practices initiatives/policies experimented in Europe, and competence on the evaluation of waste prevention policies effectiveness, as to influence the design of local strategies for waste prevention.

To support this, two joint interregional training sessions are foreseen. The organization of a European workshop on 28 March 2011 and of 9 national events, plus the use of ACR+’ network as well as the partners’ networks, ensure that Pre-waste results will be spread throughout European targeted audience.

The expected outputs of the project are as follows:

  • a common methodology for developing efficient regional waste prevention policies, in terms of planning, implementation and monitoring,
  • 20 best examples of waste prevention actions implemented in the European Union by local or regional authorities,
  • a web tool allowing the assessment of waste prevention actions’ efficiency and monitoring.

The Pre-waste project has been launched in the beginning of 2010 and will last 3 years, with a total budget of EUR 1.866.230, with the support of the INTERREG IV C programme of the European Commission.

INTERREG IV C

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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