The project "Low Cost - Zero Waste Municipality" bearing the acronym "ZERO WASTE" is one of the 50 projects approved in the first call of the programme MED 2007-2013. It lays in the Axe 2 "Protection of the environment and promotion of a sustainable territorial development", Objective 2.1 "Protection and enhancement of natural resources and heritage".
The partnership of the project consists of 7 partners - Efxini Poli, Local Authorities' Network for Social, Cultural, Tourist, Environmental and Agricultural Development (Lead partner) GREECE, Ecological Recycling Society GREECE, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Laboratory for Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering GREECE, BRGM - Regional Geological Survey of Provence Alpes Cote-d'Azur FRANCE, Research Centre Bistra Ptuj SLOVENIA, Municipality of Ragusa ITALY, UAB Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Chemical Engineering Department SPAIN. All the partners will be working with a common goal to facilitate Municipalities and general public in the application of methods of waste decrease.
The project Zero Waste aims at developing an integrated zero-waste management system with the aim to maximize resources and energy and to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, deviating the amount of materials and resources in order to re-use them and include them in recycling schemes and processes that act as drivers of economic activity and sustainable development of the regions. In this way it could be naturally integrated in the MED space Axe 2 for protection of the environment and promotion of a sustainable territorial development.
The inclusion of the initiatives Pay as You Throw (PAYT) and implementation of biowaste management (home and community composting) as a significant part of the project's realisation, includes the involvement of stakeholder groups of local and national institutions. Sensitization and information campaigns will promote the application of zero waste strategies to the general public.
The partners have a significant experience in waste management and gathering their know-how on a common ground is of a great benefit for the common goal as a transferable model will be built adaptable to regions in a different state of economic development. The transnational value of the project and specifically the capitalization of best practices will help Municipalities include and apply the tangible waste management tools produced by the partners in their local policies. This aims to support a better quality of life of the local population.
The project's activities are divided in 5 Components - Communication, Management, Zero Waste Strategies and Applications, Exchange of Experience, and Development of Regional Policies.
The Component 1 "Communication" includes the following:
. Creation of a Manual of Corporative Identity, including a graphical chart containing a template for the project's materials, so as all the partners use the same template and the project has its unique visual image (logo, letterhead, ppt presentations models, publicity supports).
. Creation and maintenance of a project multilingual web site that will contain information on the project's activities and results, the partnership, policies, legal framework and news on waste management at European level.
. Publicity Campaign - addressed to general public, regional and local authorities and to specific stakeholders and policy-makers. It includes:
a) production and dissemination of 12.000 brochures and 2.000 posters per involved country.
b) production of 3 common electronic newsletters to be distributed all over Europe to stakeholders, policy makers and regional and local authorities
c) organisation of 14 press conferences
d) production and publication of at least 25 press releases to be published in general and specific magazines and newspapers
e) publication of two specialised magazines
. Organisation of 23 Info Days (6 in Greece,2 in Spain, 5 in Italy, 5 in Slovenia and 5 in France) for citizens and scholars on the one hand and for staff working in public institutions on the other hand with thematic workshops, exhibitions and activities concerning waste management practices and policies.
The outputs of this Component include: 1 Manual of Corporative Identity and 1 Website of the project, 60.000 brochures, 10.000 posters, 3 newsletters, 14 press conferences, 25 press releases, 2 publications, 23 Info Days and relative documentation.
The Management Component includes the following activities:
. Administrative and Financial Management of the project, and coordination of the partnership.
. Follow-up and evaluation
The outputs to be produced within this Component are: Internal Rule Document, 6 Progress Reports, 1 Interactive Intranet, 7 Internal Evaluation Reports, 1 External Evaluation report
The 3rd Component Zero Waste Strategies and Applications includes the following 2 phases:
. Zero Waste Systems Survey and Analysis where evaluation of waste management methods will be made by the municipalities themselves through the compilation of questionnaires that will be developed by all partners under the coordination of ERS following a common methodology and approach. The analysis of these questionnaires will give an overview of the situation in the participating countries and will lead to the redaction of a common report on waste management methods at transnational level, including PAYT system, recycling and other zero waste methods.
. Management of Biowaste is the pilot application of the project. Pilot applications of biowaste composting will run in at least 70 households in 5 municipalities in all the participating countries except for Spain (1400 households in total).
The outputs of this Component include: 1 Partnership meeting in France, 1 Questionnaire on waste management methods, 1 Common Report of Analysis of Zero Waste Systems, 25 Studies on the implementation of a composting facility for household biowaste, 25 Reports on assessment of Pilot Applications, 1 Coordination Meeting in Italy
The Component 4 "Exchange of Experience" includes the following phases:
. Transnational SWOT Analysis on Waste Management Concepts - compilation of best and worst practices by all the partners on waste management concepts in its country (factsheets) that will be grouped into inventories.
. Workshops on Zero Waste Methods - each country will organise a workshop at national level on the implementation of waste management methods and techniques on each country's experience. Local, regional and national authorities will be invited as well as stakeholders, policy-makers, decision-makers and private bodies dealing with waste management. All the workshops should take place before the International Workshop that will be held in 2011
The outputs of this Component include: 1 Transnational SWOT Analysis on waste management concepts, 5 National inventories of best and worst practices of waste management, 1 Coordination Meeting in Spain, Workshops' documentation and results, 1 Common Transnational Resolution on Zero Waste application
The 5th Component "Development of Regional Policies" is divided to the following phases:
. Implementation Procedure of Alternative Waste Management Schemes in Municipalities
. Development of Regional Policy Tools - development of an overall handbook on the implementation procedure of alternative waste management schemes, creation of an Interactive Decision Support Tool to be used by any European municipality to choose the more suitable and efficient method for goal-oriented municipal waste management adaptable in all EU countries.
. Involvement and Transfer of Know-how to Municipal Servants and Policy Makers - organization of 2days Seminars for each region's municipalities in order to involve municipal servants and policy makers into the procedure of alternative waste management and to transfer know how on the implementation of zero waste methods. Furthermore, municipal servants will be trained to provide support to households involved in biowaste home composting and to use the integrated decision support tool.
The outputs of this Component include: 25 Documents on local implementation procedures of alternative waste management schemes, 25 Practical guidelines for the implementation of alternative waste management schemes at local level, 1 Coordination Meeting in Slovenia, 1 Overall handbook on the implementation procedure of alternative waste management, 1 Interactive Decision Support Tool, 1 Transnational Meeting in Athens (Greece), 1 Transnational Workshop in Athens and 6 Seminars for the involvement and transfer of know how for municipal servants and policy makers.
MED PROGRAMME PRESENTATION
The MED programme is a transnational programme of European territorial cooperation.
It is financed by the European Union as an instrument of its regional policy and of its new programming period.
It continues the tradition of the European programmes for cooperation (previously named Interreg). It takes place within the objective « European territorial cooperation » of the period 2007-2013. With a budget of more than 250 billion euros, the programme covers the coastal and Mediterranean regions of nine EU Member States. The partnership is enlarged by the participation of Mediterranean countries wich are candidates or potential candidates to the European Union.
The programme's main priorities are :
To improve the area's competitiveness in a way that guarantees growth and employment for the next generations (Lisbon strategy).
To promote territorial cohesion and environmental protection, according to the logic of sustainable development (Goteborg strategy).
The programme MED has defined as well specific priorities, an eligible space and implementing structures, especially Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS). In each Member State, a national coordination represents the programme.