Lisbon Municipality – Reducing waste in South Europe: launch of the LIFE PAYT project

ACR+ member Lisbon Municipality in partnership with 4 other municipalities in Portugal, Greece and Cyprus (Condeixa-a-Nova, Aveiro, Vrilissia and Larnaca) and 3 universities (Polytechnic of Coimbra, University of Aveiro and the National Technical University of Athens) just launched a new project, LIFE PAYT – Tool to reduce waste in South Europe. LIFE PAYT is a LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency Project, cofounded by the European Commission.

The purpose of the project is to support local authorities in adopting PAYT (“Pay-as-you-throw”) waste tariffs, as a tool to reduce unsorted waste production and to foster the recovery of recyclables. Over the next 40 months (until December 2016), PAYT tariffs will be introduced side-by-side with other solutions to reduce waste and divert it from unsorted into other more suitable waste streams. A total of 4586 citizens and 740 companies will be directly engaged, in 5 demonstration sites covering a total area of 241 km2. By the end of the project up to 30 thousand tonnes of materials are expected to have been diverted from unsorted waste, and this will be accompanied by increased environmental and economic sustainability for the municipalities.

The launching event of project LIFE PAYT will take place on 24 November 2016, in Lisbon (in Portuguese).

More information about the project will be available from 24 November 2016 at

Article originally published in the ACR+ Weekly Newsline.