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The main objective of this project is to move forward the current waste management practices into a circular economy motto, demonstrating the value of integrating and validating a set of 20 eco-innovative solutions that cover all the waste value chain. The benefits of these solutions will be enhanced by a holistic waste data management methodology, and will be demonstrated in 4 complementary urban areas in Europe. The eco-innovative solutions include technological and non-technological tools such as:  


  • IT tools to support the daily operation and long-term planning.
  • Apps for citixens empowerment and engagement.
  • Educational materials based on innovative teaching units and serious games.
  • Tools for citizen science for the co-creation of novel solutions. 
  • Mechanisms to boost behavioral changes based on economic instruments and social actions.
  • Decentralized solutions for valorization and reuse of high value resources. 


The different solutions will be implemented in 4 complementary European areas: 

  1. Zamudio (ES) is a highly industrialized area with a spread population that uses a separated kerbside collection.
  2. Halandri (GR) is a large suburban city with a wide range of business that has a very basic waste management system.
  3. Seveso (IT) is a residential town that uses a door-to-door system.
  4. Cascais (PT) is an extensive and high touristic coastal town that implements an advanced collection system. 


The project includes a consortium of 19 partners with 4 public agencies and administrations, 3 research centers and universities, 8 SMEs, 2 LEs, 1 cluster and 1 NGO, that will work together during 36 months with an overall contribution from the EC of €9M. The most relevant expected impacts are: a 20% increase in waste sorting, 10% saving of management costs and 10% reduction of GHG emissions.  


The experience gained, and the synergies among the partners describe the best possible scenario to launch new governance and business models.