On February 11, 2020, members of the LIFE PAYT team from the Polytechnical Institute of Coimbra (PIC) joined the Lisbon Municipality team in two monitoring visits to the Large Waste Producers.
This activity carried out periodically by technicians of the Munucipality includes about 10 monthly visits to check on the spot each of the systems implemented, serving to assess the correct separation of waste, the filling level of the containers and the need (or not) of acquisition of more equipment. Additionally, the team continuously provides awareness information to improve waste management. The recorded data, during the visits, are discharged in a computer application developed by the municipality (see picture).
The first visit took place in the Chiado shopping center , where the retailers have a selective waste collection and then send the waste to the “trash house”. However, this visit has shown cases where the establishments were not doing proper waste separation, especially when mixing paper and plastic. The shopping center has a senior official with specific training on the subject that is permanently to support the “trash house”, so in these cases, that person should give an indication of the correction and improvement measures that should be adopted by part of the Merchant.
The second visit took place at the Hotel Roma , which is an example of good practices in terms of waste separation. The property was the most separate waste when, in November 2019, the number of containers and the respective frequency of collection. Currently it has an adequate separation of all fractions, including organic, with daily collection of the latter.