The URBAN-WASTE platform, launched in June 2017, is a new feature which will enable project partners as well as any other organisation or individual to propose solutions and measures in the waste domain for making tourism more sustainable.

The platform serves as an opportunity for individuals and organisations to both report good practices and suggest a solution for a problem they noticed. The end result is that the observations and suggestions add up and contribute to the project’s objective – eco-innovative solutions for waste reduction and waste management improvements in touristic areas. The platform welcomes any interested party in proposing relevant solutions for improving waste management practices across Europe: preventing food waste, improving the collection of recyclables, avoiding littering or encouraging reuse. Diverse locations are encouraged as well, meaning it can target beaches, bars, restaurants, festivals, sporting events, cultural heritage areas and much more. At this stage, the amount of data and information is simple and every kind of contribution is welcome with a short description, in order to make the platform as inclusive as possible. The brainstorming platform is now open for ideas and proposals, both existing and new ones. They can range from very well detailed and documented good practices to a very short description of a practice one can personally experience as a tourist. The URBAN-WASTE project is looking forward to receiving your contributions.

The URBAN-WASTE platform is a tool which will help the development of waste prevention and management strategies for the 11 tourist cities of the URBAN-WASTE project. These strategies will specifically address certain type of tourism (e.g. coastal, cultural) and different status quo in terms of existing waste policies. Each strategy will be composed by several waste prevention and management measures with specific achievable objectives and targets through their implementation. The strategies will include many different instruments and measures, which can be grouped in 4 main categories – regulatory, economic, technological and informational.

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