The main objective of the project is to develop an integrated and environmentally sound waste management system, which the target groups and the final beneficiaries of the project will benefit of its results and specific objectives in terms of:
1. To develop an integrated and environmentally organic waste management system that ensures the adequate collection and treatment with sustainable methods, in tourist areas with close agricultural activity.
- Development of a new kind of selective organic waste collection (including complementary prevention practices) available for large producers in tourist areas, which will improve their waste management as well as the environmental public image of their activity (enhancing their Corporate Social Responsibility).
- Implementation of technologically simple farm composting plants (essentially in the agricultural holdings situated near the production areas in the partners’ territories), with small and adequate scales. Possibility of giving an added value to the agricultural activity through the availability of an additional source of income for managing the treatment and selling resultant compost.
- Availability of a new amendment to improve the soil production with the application of compost (in substitution of chemical fertilizers). Possibility of co-treatment of other agricultural organic flows.
2. To involve the different necessary stakeholders to ensure the proper application of the project: municipalities, tourist activities, “existing recyclers” and farmers, collection and treatment companies and other complementary agents.
- Improvement of the local organization and the waste stakeholders’ relationships (with a strengthened public and private partnership).
- Enhancement of local waste management services and organization at all levels.
- Improvement of the local environment and economy, especially enhancing agricultural and recycling sectors, improving at the same time those in the country.
- Adaptation and creation of waste management employment and improvement of the working conditions (also for “existent recyclers” involved).
3. To enhance the knowledge and good practices of the stakeholders involved
- Availability of Guidelines and training programs
- Training, awareness raising and modification of habits of all participants, both mentors and agents involved in the collection and treatment processes.
- Active networks enhancing local management expertise for all the involved stakeholders, based on exchanging cross-border knowledge, solving doubts and problems and ensuring the application of good practices and correct results (project advisory and monitoring tasks).
In general, the project brings a contribution to the overall sustainability of the area: improvement of overall waste management in the area; increased recycling levels and reduction of organic waste in landfills; obtaining a quality compost to be used as an organic amendment that contributes to improve soil fertility, to stop the desertification process and to capture carbon in soil. These factors add up to the climate change mitigation (reduction of biogas generated in landfills), to the use of resources (closing the cycle of organic fraction) or reducing the overall impact of landfills (including the reduced capacity of needs).
Main Goals launching the program
1. Creating a change in perception and raising a global awareness for the long term.
2. Implementing the process in house works, farms and among the tourist sector around the globe, by efficiency and improvement of recycling services.
3. Making the young generation a change agent of the environmental change.
In general, the project brings:
- Contribution to the overall sustainability of the area
- Improvement of overall waste management in the area
- Increased recycling levels and reduction of organic waste in landfills
- Obtaining a quality compost to be used as an organic amendment that contributes to improve soil fertility
- To stop the desertification process and to capture carbon in soil.
- These factors add up to the climate change mitigation (reduction of biogas generated in landfills), to the use of resources (closing the cycle of organic fraction) or reducing the overall impact of landfills (including the reduced capacity of needs).