Waste4Think in the second public conference of the COLLECTORS project

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 is hosted by Wasteserv Malta – the company in charge of waste management on the island on the 26th of September. The conference proposes 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.

Our partner Michele Giavini, from ARS ambiente will participate, explaining how Seveso has reached the 80% of recycling by introducing a Pay-as-You-Throw system and other innovative social actions to reduce waste and improve separate collection thanks to the Waste4Think project.


COLLECTORS is a new Horizon 2020 project starting in December 2017 and focusing on good practices for the collection and sorting of three waste categories: packaging and paper waste, WEEE, and construction and demolition waste.

COLLECTORS: good practices suitable for specific contexts
COLLECTORS aims at highlighting and documenting good practices relevant to specific challenges: dense cities, remote areas and territories with limited resources to set up an ambitious waste strategy. To make these practices meaningful to local decision makers, they will be analysed on different parameters: quality of sorted material, social acceptance, economic performance and environmental impact.

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

Yo can find more practical information on the project´s website