Waste4Think project launch

“Waste4Think” is a project funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Research and Innovation Actions (Grant agreement Nº 688995) which has the full title ‘Moving towards Life Cycle Thinking by integrating Advanced Waste Management Systems — Waste4Think’. The project, which involves 5 public administrations, 2 research centers, 2 universities, 9 companies, 1 cluster and an NGO from 6 European countries will have a duration of 42 months.

The project seeks to design tools for the best design and implementation of different technological and non-technological solutions that would enable the improvement of all waste management stages, adopting a global approach and particularly focusing on citizen participation in order to build more sustainable, eco-friendly cities.

These 20 highly innovative solutions will be validated in 4 European pilots. The village of Zamudio in Spain, the southerly Greek city of Halandri, the Portuguese municipality of Cascais and the Italian city of Seveso. They are directed towards the monitoring, collection and processing of real data, the creation of decision making tools, the launch of innovative awareness-raising campaigns and prevention campaigns, the introduction of serious games and innovative educational materials to ease the co-creation of new solutions (citizen science), the design of mobile applications to foster collaboration, transparency and mutual learning and the construction of two pilot plants for the treatment of organic waste and nappies with the aim of making progress in the construction of smart cities and laying the foundations of the circular economy.

The Circular Economy is one of the seven emblematic initiatives that are part of the Europe 2020 strategy, which aims to generate smart, sustainable and conciliatory growth.
Today it is Europe’s main strategy for generating growth and jobs, with the backing of the European Parliament and the European Council.

The expected results of the project are to reduce the generation of waste by 8%, achieve a 20% improvement in the classification of urban waste to facilitate their reuse and recycling,
reduce waste management costs by 10% and decrease in the same percentage (10%) emissions of GHG.

The project was launched with the kick-off meeting held on 13 and 14 June 2016 at the headquarters of the University of Deusto, Bilbao and in the municipality of Zamudio, Biscay.

The meeting aimed to start the project in an official way with the partners of the different pilots as participants, as well as to establish the lines of action that will be carried out during the project.