Waste4Think, “Smart City” category winner in the Katerva Awards 2018

Waste4Think recognized as the best innovation project in the field of Smart City

The Waste4Think project, whose main objective is to transform the traditional linear model of treatment and final disposal of urban waste into a recycling and materials recovery model based on the principles of the circular economy, is proud to announce it has been awarded as the best innovative idea in the category of Smart Cities in the “Katerva awards 2018”.

The Katerva awards were launched in 2011 in response to the need for a new breed of companies to show how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute andindependent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

Through the Awards, considered by some as the “Nobel Prize for Sustainability”, the best ideas on the planet are identified, refined and accelerated toward impact at a global level each year. Out of 2500 projects, only 1500 are nominated to be narrowed down to a final round. Finally, one award is eventually given in each of the 10 categories.

The project has been recognized with this distinction as a challenge to improve waste management not only in economic or operational terms, but also taking into account environmental and social impacts.

In addition, this award allows the project to opt for the “Katerva Grand Prize”, which will be awarded to one of the companies and organizations submitted after being evaluated by the global team of Katerva experts during the next few weeks.


The name Katerva (Ca-tair-vah) comes from the Latin word Caterva — meaning “crowd.” Founded in 2010 by business intelligence strategist Terry Waghorn, Katerva is a not-for-profit organization that finds, evaluates and accelerates disruptive, sustainable innovations that will show measurable impact on this planet in the next 10 years.

More information on the Katerva website.

Finalists for the Katerva Award 2018

Energy & Power: Solar Reserve

Gender Equality: doctHERs

 Food: Protix

 Economy: Fundación Capital

Environment: Afforest for Future

Materials, Resources & Water: Geocement

Behavioral Change: Winnow

Human Development: The Victoria Hand Project (VHP)

Transportation: AirGo Design

Smart Cities: Waste4Think