The first workshop, carried out on May 25th, poses the need to carry out educating and consciousness-arising campaigns and proposes solutions to issues that could arise with the use of smart bins.
Uncontrolled waste spills, doubts regarding the use of smart bins and opening cards, waste centres established far from buildings where elder people live, problems amongst elder and younger people, and so on. These are some of the practical issues foreseen by the workgroups that have been established in the context of Zamudio’s participation in the Waste4Think European Project on their first workshop. The School of Zamudio held on May 25yh the first work session, where 12 neighbours had the chance to learn more details of the project and to make contributions to it.
Zamudio will be involved during the next three years, together with other three European cities, in a project searching to emphasize the advantages of new technologies to reduce waste generation, optimize its management and improve reusing and recycling rates.
In this first work session with citizens, participants emphasised the need to improve existing information and general knowledge. As a way to deal with these needs, specific and educational campaigns were suggested, as well as the creation of tools such as a ‘Recycling Dictionary’ or mobile applications that would clear up doubts regarding how to deal with the different kinds of waste. The need to specifically work with elder and younger people was also highlighted.
The session also raised the question of the problems that may arise with the use of smart locked bins, which are being considered for certain kinds of waste. The workgroup took into consideration the possibility that some people, especially non-residents, may dispose of their waste outside bins. Consciousness-raising campaigns carried out inside and outside the municipality, a good controlling system and even fines were some of the solutions that were proposed to deal with these possible issues.