Innovation in waste management (like smart bins, use of smart apps, new digital imaging techniques, innovative business models, …) offer an excellent opportunity to improve policies aiming to minimise waste generation and promote resource efficiency. It is no surprise that innovation is a key component of the European Green Deal and Circular Economy Action Plan. However, the degree of introduction of innovative equipment and practices varies significantly from one territory to another.

Starting from this paradigm, the 9 partners of the Interreg Europe WINPOL project joined forces to mainstream the use of intelligent equipment and related waste management policies on their territories and beyond.

Thanks to WINPOL, partners exchanged experience and identified good practices, but most importantly they developed Action Plans to improve their own waste policies, putting into practice the knowledge gained.

After four and a half years, the WINPOL adventure will come to an end this autumn. Before closing the curtain down, the WINPOL partners invited their followers to travel back on their steps and discuss not only the successes achieved at project level but also the progresses made in the use of intelligent systems and policies in waste management.



Registrations (on-site and online)
10:00 – 10:30


  • Welcome words
    Francesco Lembo, ACR+
    Presentation of the WINPOL project
    Marisa Sebastián, EMULSA - Project coordinator
10:30 – 11:00

Key-note speech: innovation in the current EU waste policies
Chiel Berends, Waste management & Secondary materials,  DG ENV

11:00 – 12:30

Zoom on phase 1: overview of the exchange of experience process and thematic seminars (TS)

  • Summary of Thematic Seminar #1: Collection and use of information to optimise waste management
    Marie Claire Attard Bason, Environment and Resources Authority Malta
    Good practice: Use of information and data in the waste field
    Paul Koppen, Amsterdam Municipality
  • Summary of Thematic Seminar #2: Innovative models for waste collection, prevention, and reuse and recycling
    Good practice: Innovative waste collection in Bergen
    Emilia Hamarsland Bjånes, Bergen Municipality
  • Summary of Thematic Seminar #3: Innovative tariffication
    Alfonso Laruelo Roa, EMULSA
    Good practice 1: Fair taxation system in Catalonia
    Teresa Guerrero, Catalan Waste Agency
    Good Practice 2: KAYT – Know as you Throw in LIFE RethinkWaste
    Michele Giavini, ARS Ambiente
12:30 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00

Zoom on phase 2: the Action Plans and their implementation

  • Gijón (ES)
    Sergio de Lucas de Benito, EMULSA
  • Maribor (SI)
    Špela Mlinarič, SNAGA
  • Region of Crete (GR)
    Lena Kargakis, Region of Crete
  • Antwerp (BE)
    Anne Brijs, Antwerp Municipality
  • Malta
    Marie Claire Attard Bason, Environment and Resources Authority Malta
  • Mehedinti County (RO)
    Doris Dunarintu, Drobeta Turnu Severin Municipality
16:00 – 16:30

Capitalising on WINPOL and Interreg Europe beyond the project

Jason Martinez, Interreg Europe Joint Secretariat

16:30 – 16:45
Closing remarks