Last month Interreg Europe’s Policy Learning Platform on Environment and resource efficiency published a new policy brief on separate waste collection. It provides guidance and recommendations for the separate collection of paper and packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and used textiles backed by a wealth of good practices and real-life examples from policy makers across Europe. Inspiring examples are not only stemming from Northern countries that are usually seen as European recycling champions but also feature good practices from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland, Portugal, Spain and many more.

And among these good practices, WINPOL is highlighted several times!

First, in the section of the document dedicated to pay-as-you-throw schemes, as interesting policy instruments to achieve a reduction of residual waste and to create incentives for increased recycling and composting. The third thematic seminar on innovative tariffication is put forward as it identified several interesting practices. You can find them in details here.

Another WINPOL Good Practice mentioned in the guide is “Waste management data warehouse” implemented by the City of Antwerp. It explains how Antwerp’s data warehouse allows the City to be more efficient by optimising waste collection routes, improving the planning of resources (people, vehicles), reducing service costs and minimising fuel consumption and incidents.

This practice is featured side by side with the one developed by EMULSA on “Operating Aid System (SAE) and waste collection weighing”. Thanks to the information obtained through the SAE, the company could better plan its services and to optimise the collection of waste whilst at the same time substantially reducing the risks of overweight or underuse of the trucks.

The policy brief closes on key learning derived from the analysis of scientific and EU literature, as well as of many successful practices and policy improvements adopted by local and regional authorities across Europe. Discover them directly in the policy brief!