The LIFE project, submitted to “call 2015” the area of Environment and Resource Efficiency, approved by the European Commission in June 2016, called “PAYT – Tool to Reduce Waste in Southern Europe”, aims to change strategies, overcoming obstacles and contribute to transform the opinions of decision-makers (local elected officials, technical staff) and eliminate misconceptions about PAYT (Pay-As-You-Throw).
Local authorities will be exposed to innovative methods (in this southern part of Europe), technologies and actions, with the main objective of waste prevention, reuse and selective collection, encouraging them to adopt different practices and to finance them. LIFE PAYT has four main objectives:
- Reduce waste waste of dwellings and trade;
- Increase the packaging waste recycling rates;
- Demonstrate that PAYT is reliable, changing the mentality of the local decision-makers in southern cities of Europe, resulting in benefits and contributing to the implementation of environmental strategies and objectives of the EU;
- To promote the concept of replication to other regions with the same problems.
In summary, the project will make the municipalities LIFE PAYT pioneer in the design of a PAYT which increases the sustainability and economic confidence. Mostly, successful adaptation of PAYT the municipalities of southern Europe, is the goal, something never achieved before.
Aveiro This project will be implemented in a pilot housing predominantly zone, using different strategies to link the amount of waste to the waste producer actually produced, in particular by using RFID tags on individual trash bags or giving access to containers for waste disposal through a card ID. The result is focused on the design of fair and equitable waste tariffs, social and politically adapted to Southern Europe.
The project, which is around two and half million euros, was one of the projects approved in the 2015 call of the LIFE Program, managed by the European Commission, and is led by Prof. Dr. Célia Dias-Ferreira, coordinator of the Research Group environment and Society CERNAS – Natural Resource Research Center, environment and Society Higher Agricultural School of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC). The project will begin on September 1, 2016 and lasts for three years. The consortium led by the CPI includes seven partners: Municipality of Aveiro (CMA), the Lisbon City Council, Municipality of Condeixa-a-Nova, Municipality of Larnaka (Cyprus), Municipality of Vrilissia (Greece), Technical University national Athens (Greece) and the University of Aveiro.
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