Past Study Tours

Sardinia – October 2017

Sardinia is the leading island in the Mediterranean in waste management. It has seen a quick evolution based on strong economic incentives and it has managed to successfully integrate the tourist sector. What did we visit?

  • Door-to-door collection in urban/tourist context
  • Coastal/tourist towns
  • Composting/AD sites
  • Sorting facilities
  • Overall discussion with regional government on incentives

 

Milan and Parma – April 2017

The North of Italy has the best performing examples of waste management in urban context in Europe. The rapid expansion of Zero Waste champions has lead to quick transitions and ambitious goals. What did we visit?

  • Door-to-door collection in urban context
  • PAYT by set out
  • AD/Composting sites
  • Water fountains system

 

Basque Country – November 2016

Although delivering average results as a whole, the Basque Country contains very diverse highly performing practices of waste management and circular economy.

What did we visit?

  • Door-to-door collection
  • Roadside containers with chip
  • Composting facilities
  • Biowaste managed through community composting (& Austrian model)
  • Textile sorting facility for reuse
  • Circular fashion company
  • ZW Michelin-starred restaurant

 

Flanders – February 2016 

Flanders contains all the pieces of good practices needed to go towards Zero Waste in a very compacted area. The regional government has put in place the right policies and objectives which, in combination with an excellent public-private collaboration, has made Flanders one of the top performing regions in Europe. What did we visit?

  • Reuse centres
  • Door-to-door separate collection
  • PAYT through bags
  • PAYT by weight
  • Composting/AD sites
  • Civic amenity sites
  • Community composting sites
  • Overall visit to OVA
  • Waste treatment facilities

 

Milan and Contarina – November 2015

The North of Italy has the best performing examples of waste management in urban context in Europe. The rapid expansion of Zero Waste champions has lead to quick transitions and ambitious goals. What did we visit?

  • Door-to-door collection in a dense urban context
  • PAYT by set out
  • AD/Composting sites
  • MRBT facility
  • Nappies treatment facility

 

Gothenburg & Malmö – June 2015

Despite the strong push for waste-to-energy, Sweden has quite some interesting best practices of waste management and prevention. What did we visit?

  • Civic amenity site
  • Reuse centre
  • Bike-repair/reuse place
  • AD for cow manure

 

Flanders – June 2015

Flanders contains all the pieces of good practices needed to go towards Zero Waste in a very compacted area. The regional government has put in place the right policies and objectives which, in combination with an excellent public-private collaboration, has made Flanders one of the top performing regions in Europe. What did we visit?

  • Reuse centres
  • Door-to-door separate collection
  • PAYT through bags
  • PAYT by weight
  • Composting/AD sites
  • Civic amenity sites
  • Community composting sites
  • Overall visit to OVA
  • Waste treatment facilities

 

Basque Country – October 2014

Although delivering average results as a whole, the Basque Country contains very diverse highly performing practices of waste management and circular economy. What did we visit?

  • Door-to-door collection
  • Roadside containers with chip
  • Composting facilities
  • Biowaste managed through community composting (& Austrian model)
  • Textile sorting facility for reuse
  • Circular fashion company
  • ZW Michelin-starred restaurant
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