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 have the pleasure to invite you 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 for the on-site event are now closed. If you would like to attend, please contact the organisers.

This event will be web-streamed. To join the online streaming, please register here before 24 May.
Note that it will not be possible for online attendees to ask questions or interact with speakers and other participants.


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
Silvija Aile, Deputy Head of Unit, 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

  • Maribor
  • Region of Crete
  • Antwerp
  • Malta
  • Mehedinti County
  • Gijón
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