WASTE4THINK: A project by, with and for people

The main aim of Waste4Think is to advance towards a new waste management model. The challenge is to replace traditional treatment and disposal models with recycling and materials recovery models based on the principles of the circular economy.

The project has a duration of 42 months and features the participation of 19 partners from 6 European countries. It seeks to integrate and validate 20 eco-innovative solutions covering the entire value chain of waste, including: decision-making support tools; apps for citizen participation; innovative educational and awareness– creating materials; mechanisms to promote behavioural changes, such as economic instruments and incentives; and two decentralised solutions for the recovery of biowaste and nappies.

The project will propose a methodology for data collection and management based on new information and communications technologies. This methodology will facilitate reliable, global decision-making by all actors in order to achieve integrated management in the most cost-effective manner possible. All this will be achieved through testing and validation in 4 different environments, which will enable these solutions to be brought closer to the market at the end of the project.

Main challenges

The Waste4Think project seeks to provide a solution to one of the main challenges facing our society. Therefore, from the very outset, it has been conceived as a project, by, with and for people. Consequently, the main objective of the project is to carry out research at the service of society and to contribute, not only to solving the problem of waste management, but also to the creation of new green jobs and new, more sustainable, governance models.

On a technological level, the main challenge is the integration of different technologies for the collection and administration of waste management information, specifically monitoring systems and big data technologies to facilitate the decision-making of all actors in the value chain.

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Published in: FuturENVIRO #42 July-August 2017