May 25, 2017

The project will have a set of clearly identified eco-innovative results, all of them with a clear market orientation, given the nature of the Innovation Actions in H2020.

Story Map


IT tools to support the operational strategies and the long-term planning

  • Operation and Management Module; Integral monitoring solution (hardware and software) for integral waste management towards zero-waste environments (like schools, public buildings, industrial parks, supermarkets events or territories)
  • Collection Module; Integrated waste management solution combining:
    • Invoicing for PAYT systems
    • Real-time route planning for fleets
    • An open source management software for anomaly detection
    • A real time incident reporting
  • Planning Module; Decision Support Tool to help the long-term planning for integral waste management using local data. The system will provide a Multi Agent Simulation Platform to:
    • Monitor and evaluate the sustainability  of  waste  management  strategies  under  a  life  cycle  approach;
    • Forecast  future  trends, identify  hotspots  or  simulate  new  scenarios  taking  into  account  the  spatial  and  socio-economic characteristics
    • Evaluation  of  the  incorporation  of  more  sustainable  transport  means;
    • Define  and monitor  prevention  actions,  including  economic  instruments  and  green  procurement  strategies  according to recorded data and established sustainable objectives
  • Circular  Economy  Module;  Incentive  system  planner  to  Foster  Circular  Economy  allowing  the identification  and  crossing  of  new  business  opportunities  with investors’ interests  to  foster  an  eco-innovation market segment


Decentralised solutions for integrated management of specific urban waste – Valorisation of kitchen/food waste and nappies for the production of a “biomass product” in a circular economy concept: production of gaseous biofuels (methane, hydrogen, hythane), production of bioethanol, use as an alternative fuel in the cement industry, production of pellets and production of compost. This will help closing the loop of total municipal solid waste generated, an imperative objective of the circular economy concept.

  • Pre-dried and shredded bio-waste
  • Bio-fuel and compost production plant


Include  different  results  to  cover  a  wide  range  of  public  from  waste management specialists to the general public and scholars.

  • Innovative teaching units; to create awareness and boost students’ active participation
  • Sorting game; to teach about the importance of waste sorting
  • Eco-design game; to introduce qualified people into the eco-design concepts
  • Planning  game to  explain  citizen  and  managers  about  the  long-term  impacts related  to different waste management strategies
  • Virtual city game; to co-create solutions that reduce urban waste production under circular economy approach


Tools for citizen-sciences based on serious games for the co-creation of novel solutions:

  • Eco-design solutions; to develop more sustainable products (like coffee capsules or street furniture)
  • Planning  solutions; to  optimize  integral  waste  management (such  as  the  implementation  of  new management systems or the localization of the deposit points or treatment plants)
  • Circular economy solutions; to contribute to identify solutions to achieve zero waste territories


Mobile Apps for citizens empowerment and engagement:

  • Food App: to prevent edible food waste
  • Local Trade App: to foster sustainable trade, cooperative actions and tourism following waste hierarchy and promoting circular economy
  • Citizen App: to foster transparency and citizen participation


Mechanisms  to  boost  behavioural  changes  based  on  economic instruments and social innovation actions:

  • Economic instruments: New Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) schemes and incentives
  • Innovative  awareness  actions  including  web-based  tools  for  dissemination of  best  practices  and foster mutual learning
  • Best Practices Search tool with an assessment of the best ideas and tips on how to implement them in your territory using the solutions developed in Waste4Think


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 688995.
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