During the last decades, Greece has made significant efforts to tackle with major waste management issues and has worked towards EU policies for waste prevention, reuse and recycling, but is still behind national targets for year 2020. At the same time, Albania is striving to develop its basic infrastructures in order to avoid uncontrolled waste disposal. WASTE RREACT approaches low recycling rates in Greece and almost zero in Albania with the implementation of different facilities/activities in 7 Regions allowing direct comparison of the effects of each measure. These will be enhanced by a wide environmental awareness campaign addressing both citizens and schools, the production of technical guidelines/plans and the operation of an online waste monitoring platform for sharing information and strengthening cross-border co-operation.
The main outcomes to be delivered in the project include:
A number of new and innovative schemes will take place, such as the composting plant of source- separated biowaste, green points which are a totally new concept for the participating countries, recycling at schools, etc. In addition, the monitoring platform is an innovative element, taking into account that there is no such monitoring mechanism in the participating countries. The proposed partnership and this cross-border co-operation can provide all sides with the necessary tools to make a step forward, exchange know-how and tackle the same problems and challenges. Integrated waste management can be thus demonstrated through different case-studies for recycling, green points, composting, etc.