Project Details

Title: Improve the effectiveness of waste prevention policies in EU territories
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Waste management

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Mar 2013


Total budget: €1,866,230.00
ERDF contribution: €1,437,335.00

Lead partner

Marche Region
via Tiziano,44
60125, Ancona

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    • Contact Person: Paola Cirilli
      Phone: 0039 071 806 34 73
      Fax: 0039 071 806 3012

Project summary

The importance of waste prevention is nowadays fully recognized and generally considered as a priority within EU, national and regional authorities’ waste management strategies and plans, but many efforts need still to be done. One of the targets sets in the 5th Environment Action Programme (EAP) was to reduce the generation of municipal waste per capita per year to the average 1985 EU level (300 kg) by the year 2000 and then stabilize it at that level. This target is far from being reached and it has not been repeated in the 6th EAP, thus remaining a priority of the 6th EAP and of the new Waste Directive 2008/98/CE.

Pre-waste project is designed to improve the effectiveness of waste prevention policies in EU territories in order to significantly reduce waste production and hazardousness, through the close collaboration of local and regional authorities, public entities and other stakeholders.


Pre-waste sub-objectives are: the definition of a common methodology for

efficient regional waste prevention policies, the exchange of Good Practices (GPs), the assessment of waste prevention actions efficiency and monitoring.

Partners have been selected among public entities directly involved in the planning or in the implementation of waste management policies according to their competences, e.g.: Marche Region-IT (LP), Ile-de-France Region Waste Management Observatory (ORDIF), Association of Cities&Regions for Recycling and for sustainable Resource management (ACR+), Municipality of Roquetas de Mar (ES),Municipality of Sofia (BG), Brussels Environment (IBGE), Public Cooperation Department of Ilfov County (RO), Municipality of Karlskrona (SE), Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management Ltd (FI) and WasteServ Malta.

All partners are engaged in the selection of at least 50 GPs and in the identification of a shared methodology that enables regional/local authorities to implement an effective waste prevention policy in term of planning and implementation.

In order to assess the transferability of one or more GPs in its own territory each partner carries out a feasibility study.

Beside, common indicators and a web tool aimed at assessing the effectiveness of waste prevention actions and politics will be defined.

As a final result, public entities, directly or indirectly involved on the project, will have an increased knowledge about good practices initiatives/policies experimented in Europe and competence on the evaluation of the waste prevention policies effectiveness, as to influence the design of local strategies for waste prevention. To support this, two joint interregional training sessions are foreseen.

The organization of an European Conference and of 9 national events, plus the use of ACR+’ network as well as the partners’ networks, ensure that Pre-waste results will be spread throughout European targeted audience.

Project achievements

Waste is a key environmental, social and economic issue and a growing problem. 3 billion tons of waste are thrown away in the EU annually, meaning about 600kg per European, and the trend is at a rise. Waste management has become increasingly sophisticated, as separate collection and recycling facilities have become common place and landfill and incineration standards have become more rigorous. The EU has recognized waste prevention as the top priority (waste hierarchy–2008 Waste Framework Directive). However, even if the place of waste prevention grows within local and regional strategies, many efforts still need to be done.

In this context, the PRE-WASTE project (January 2010 - March 2013) addresses local and regional waste prevention policies with the aim to improve the effectiveness of existing policies and to significantly reduce waste production and the risks deriving there from.

Main activities include the definition of a methodology for efficient waste prevention policies, the exchange of good practices, the definition of indicators to monitor waste prevention actions and the setting up of dedicated web tool.Results achieved within the Project are available at

The project involves 10 EU partners who are committed to sharing their expertise in waste prevention: Marche Region–Project Leader(IT) with the support of SVIM (Regional Development Agency acting as Technical Secretariat),ORDIF–Ile-de-France Region Waste Management Observatory(FR), ACR+ Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management, Municipality of Roquetas de Mar(ES),Municipality of Sofia(BG),IBGE–Brussels Environment(BE), Ilfov County Council(RO),Municipality of Karlskrona(SE),Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management Ltd(FI),WasteServ Malta(MT).



Partners were deeply engaged to:

•collect and share good practices, identify the best ones and analyze what are the key parameters to transfer them in other territories through the feasibility studies.

•setup a web tool to assess the impact of waste of prevention policies thanks to a set of indicators.

•define a common methodology aims at enabling regional and local authorities to implement an effective waste prevention policy in terms of planning, monitoring and implementation


Since the beginning of the project, Pre-waste partners gathered and analysed more than 100 case studies related to waste prevention. Travelling books, “stop pub” stickers, campaigns and coaching to prevent waste, home and collective composting, refilling machines for water or detergents, and clothes library are some of the practices collected from 18 EU countries that cover all waste fractions.From the 105 cases,56 Good Practices were selected,about which the partners gathered more data.Finally,Partners selected more than 20 practices as the best examples of waste prevention across EU.On 2012,Partners have developed feasibility studies in order to assess the transferability of one practice in its territory.

Good Practices’ factsheets are available to all regional authorities on the project website (



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Marche Region, Ancona ITALY Marche 0039 071 806 34 73
Ile-de-France Region Waste Management Observatory, Paris FRANCE Île de France +33 1 45 65 50 10
ACR+ Association of Cities & Regions for Recycling and for sustainable Resource management, Bruxelles BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest +32 2 2346500
Municipality of Roquetas de Mar, Roquetas de Mar SPAIN Andalucía +34 950 338 535
Municipality of Sofia, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden 00 359 2 93 77 286
Brussels Environment IBGE, Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest +32 2 775 7685
Public Cooperation Department of Ilfov County, Bucharest ROMANIA Bucuresti - Ilfov 004 0212125524
Municipality of Karlskrona, Karlskrona SWEDEN Sydsverige 0046 455303283
Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management Ltd, Tampere FINLAND Länsi-Suomi +358 3 240 5111
WasteServ Malta Ltd., Marsascala MALTA Malta +356 2385 8138
Ilfov County Council, Bucharest ROMANIA Bucuresti - Ilfov 004 0371 444 048


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