Waste management on islands and remote areas

From 26 September 2018 08:30 until 26 September 2018 13:00

Waste management strategies and practices have to be adapted to the local constraints. Island and remote areas face particular challenges due to the difficulties associated to its collection, the lack of infrastructure or lack of accessibility to treatment units. These constraints make it difficult to transpose good practices traditionally used in urban areas, and to achieve economies of scale for the treatment of their waste. Islands also have to deal with various impacts linked to tourism: important seasonal variations necessity to adapt the collection infrastructure to tourists with very diverse backgrounds and environmental behaviours.

The second public conference of the COLLECTORS project was hosted by Wasteserv Malta – the company in charge of waste management on the island. It proposed to focus on these issues through discussions and sharing of experiences by different European public authorities, along with other presentations focusing on how to improve municipal waste recycling performances.


08:30 Welcoming of participants
09:00 Introduction by Hon Herrera, Maltese Minister for the Environment
09:10 Presentation of waste management in Malta
09:30 Presentation of the COLLECTORS project – Tjerk Wardenaar, PNO consultants
09:50 Experts' points of view

Practical trials on WEEE collection: experiences and recommendations to increase efficiency and effectivity – Sven Grieger, European Advanced Recycling Network

Waste4Think H2020 project: 80% recycling with PAYT and social actions in Seveso – Michele Giavini, A.R.S. ambiente

10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Round table 1: Waste management on islands and remote areas - challenges, solutions?

After a presentation of the BlueIslands project (addressing the effects of the seasonal variation of waste generation on Mediterranean islands as an effect of tourism), representatives of public authorities will share their experiences regarding waste management on islands and remote areas.
With the participation of  representatives from Malta, the Balearic islands (Spain), and the Region of Epirus (Greece).

11:45 Round table 2: re-shaping waste management systems to boost performances

Several models of waste management systems will be presented and discussed by the public authorities implementing them.
With the participation of  representatives from Zagreb (Croatia), Warsaw (Poland), Stavanger (Norway), and Vilnius (Lithuania).

12:45 Conclusion and closing words
13:00 End


The presentations will soon be available online on COLLECTORS website.

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