On 21 and 22 September 2016, the INTHERWASTE partnership held its second meeting in Tallinn. Each partner Heritage City described the waste management situation in its territory. A draft comparative analysis was then introduced by the lead partner, and will be completed during the first year of the project. All partners are now working on collecting best practices on ‘Waste Deposit’, that is to say the different types of waste collection areas and devices. These best practices can for instance focus on waste disposal sites or EPR schemes implemented within the Heritage areas, as well as innovative devices. They will be presented during the first thematic seminar of the project, to be held in Porto on 8-9 March 2017.

The situational analysis regarding waste management by the partners included data on the number of permanent resident and tourists, the types of waste treatment carried out in the city, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Each partner also presented the main elements to consider when studying waste management on their territory, especially regarding the specific characteristics of Heritage Cities. The partners also shared the feedback from their stakeholders groups which involve interested parties from their cities.

Following these presentations, SADECO highlighted the key elements of the draft comparative analysis of the partners’ situational analyses. The purpose of this comparative study is to identify the common issues that Heritage Areas are facing in terms of waste management. Moreover, this comparison represents a good opportunity to adapt the individual analysis in order to remove potential inconsistencies. This comparative analysis will be finalised in the next months.

Finally, the partners participated in two study visits. The first one took place in Tallinn old town to discover the waste collection points and schemes currently implemented. Partners from Tallinn showed the different types of containers used for the various waste fractions, as well as aesthetic solutions tailored for historical areas. During the second visit, partners went to the facilities of a centre dealing with the packaging coming from the deposit system in place.

The next partners’ meeting will take place on 8-9 March 2017 in Porto, alongside the first thematic seminar of the project. This thematic seminar will focus on 'waste deposit' in Heritage Cities and will involve international experts, policy makers, and various stakeholders. This event is open to the public and we invite you to check the INTHERWASTE website for further updates.