“Under the project, local authorities in Clare, limerick and Kerry will join other participating authorities in making performance comparisons via a common methodology and exchange of good practices in order to improve their recycling performances,”
Ms. King added: “European municipalities are subject to common EU waste management regulations but have taken different approaches to reach the recycling targets. Differences between the recycling performances are evident, ranging from less than 10 % to more than 70 % from one region to another. Some of the differences can be accounted for by different data compilation practices between regions.”
The ‘Regions 4 Recycling’ (R4R) project is led by the Ile-de-France Region Waste Management Observatory (ORDIF). Meanwhile, the overall project communication is managed by ACR+ and the technical component is coordinated by the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM).
The 3-year project aims to work on a common framework for waste data observation, selective collection and recycling rates where by assessing the local instruments (technical, economic or legal) with the aim to reduce the recycling performance gap between the EU regions.
“With a budget for R4R of 2.2 million euros over three years, three quarters of which arise from European funds, we will be able to act, starting with capitalising on the experience of the partners," said Eric Chevaillier, President of ORDIF.
Olivier De Clercq, Secretary General of ACR+ stated: “This project is also about creating solidarity between regions with very different context and performances. It is encouraging to see that the current ‘best European performers” only started to implement their waste management strategy 15 years ago and today it is possible to move even faster, based on the accumulated experience and the new instruments available .”
According to Henny De Baets, Administrator-
The project was officially launched at a conference on 18th April in Paris bringing together the different partners and issues of waste management and their shared observation, in the presence of the European Commission, the French Ministry for Environment and ADEME (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management). A two day kick off meeting followed including a site visit to a regional sorting plant with the participation of all Partners.
The 13 partners are: Ile-de-
Philippa King, Regional Waste Co-ordinator
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