The second WINPOL thematic seminar focused on innovative models for collection, prevention, and reuse and recycling. The seminar, hosted by the City of Antwerp, gathered project partners and their local stakeholders to exchange relevant good practices existing on their territories. It also featured additional experiences, brought by external experts invited by ACR+, the Advisory Partner of the project.

The thematic seminar was coupled with study visits to Umicore and different waste management experiences in Antwerp and Ghent.



Waste collection

Reuse and recycling

Study visits

Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Umicore Precious Metals Refining operates as one of the world's largest precious metals recycling facilities. This business unit of Umicore is the world market leader in recycling complex waste streams containing precious and other non-ferrous metals.

De collectie (Merksem)

The Collection consists of 5 non-profit organizations (De Kringwinkel Antwerpen, Oxfam, Wereld Missie Hulp, Kindervriend and Mensenzorg) that work together to process textiles locally by social employment. The profit goes to charity projects in Antwerp and in third-world countries.


The Council of Ghent has entered into force a retribution regulation based on the volume of waste and the frequency of depositing the bag or the bin at determined spaces in the pavement. IVAGO implements an innovative system fostering the Waste Hierarchy with the help of the Computer Controlled Kerbside Collection.

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