Polytechnic of Coimbra promotes Workshop on technological challenges in Portugal

As part of LIFE PAYT – a European project aimed at reducing the waste bill – the workshop takes place simultaneously with an exhibition of equipment and aims at innovation in the waste sector.

Within the scope of the LIFE PAYT project of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC), the workshop “PAYT in Portugal… the next steps!” Will take place tomorrow, November 21, in the auditorium of the Portugal Romano Museum in Sicó (PO.RO. S) in Condeixa-a-Nova, in order to promote innovation in the waste sector.

The workshop, organized in partnership with the Municipality of Condeixa-a-Nova, takes place simultaneously with an exhibition of equipment that includes the presence of technological development companies in the PAYT area to present products and tools for these systems, available at National market.

The opening session starts at 9:30, with the presence of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Inês Costa, the Mayor of Condeixa-a-Nova, Nuno da Costa and the Vice-President of the Polytechnic of Coimbra, José Gaspar.

The program includes a panel of sessions on the future of PAYT systems and a round table to discuss the main constraints and potential improvements to the system, with the approach of several implementation examples.

Célia Ferreira, researcher at CERNAS – Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra (ESAC-IPC) and coordinator of the LIFE PAYT Project, explains that “in Portugal, there are several pilot projects for PAYT systems that are being implemented in several municipalities and the exchange of information and experiences between these practical cases is essential to predict effects and identify solutions ”.

This project aims to apply a PAYT waste pricing model (“pay-as-you-throw”), through which it is intended that each citizen pay only what they put in the undifferentiated waste container, instead of a waste management fee based on water consumption, as is currently the case, thus promoting the separation of waste and access to a fairer tariff. Consequently, the amount of waste in landfills decreases and citizens contribute to boost the circular economy and environmental sustainability.

Original news in Notícias de Coimbra