Provivion of a web tool on bio-waste prevention for local authorities in Europe

The European community cannot address the issue of bio-waste solely in terms of collection and waste management, assuch activities generate costs. Today, waste prevention in Europe must involve waste reduction and prevention at a locallevel, targeting all producers of bio-waste, not only consumers and households, and promoting the use of a number ofwaste reduction practices including composting, mulching, grinding, use of slow-growing plant species, using bio-wasteas animal feed, reducing food wastage and the use of ramial wood chips.

Further Authors:
N. Gaillard, N. Euzen, A. Lopes, B. Chaves, J.-J. Dohogne, P. Micheaux Naudet, O., De Clercq, M. Vanecek, J. Cerny

The Miniwaste project, supported by the European Life+ program (2010-2012), aims to provide evidence that it ispossible to significantly reduce the production of bio-waste generated in the European Union, as well as provide toolsand points of further reflection on bio-waste prevention.The partnership (Rennes Métropole, Irstea, City of Brno, LIPOR in Porto, and ACR+) wishes to set up a computerisedtool for local authorities within Europe. This project will help users to conduct a bio-waste management programmeincluding territorial diagnosis, the implementation and monitoring of specific preventive actions and the evaluation ofthese actions.The overall structure will be based on three different modules:1-A decision making assistance module that includes a territorial diagnosis chart offering several scenarios associatedwith different potential possible actions in the field of bio-waste prevention:Composting (home, community, apartment blocks, vermi-composting, catering services), food waste (household,restaurant), smart gardening and animal feeding.The territorial diagnosis is produced on the scale chosen by the user in order to get homogeneous data. It could be aneighbourhood, district, town, etc.For a given sector, the decision making module consists in entering data of 15 territorial indicators in terms ofpopulation, current waste management and current preventive actions on the territory, etc. Meanwhile, a calculation ofpotential waste reduction is processed by the computer using an algorithm.The result of the diagnosis is displayed for the whole territory and for each sector according to the list defined.Corresponding to the results, synthetic worksheets are proposed as a real decision making tool with the followinginformation: target, type of waste concerned, linked indicators, main actions, participants involved, materials necessary,personnel necessary, an estimate of cost, and expected results.With such information (diagnosis and worksheets), the users are able to choose one or several preventive actions toimplement in their territory.2-Some guidelines to implement the actions and especially some data sheets proposing activity indicators and impactindicators: depending on the preventive actions chosen, the user can download the corresponding procedural sheetwhich explains step by step how to implement the actions in detail. Moreover, a data sheet is available with a list ofrelevant indicators (awareness, number of composters, etc.)3-A results display module, producing graphs to help visualise the results.This web tool will be available on the Miniwaste website by subscription, from 2013 ( Moreinformation will be provided and a tool demonstration will be organized during the final conference scheduled in Rennes in November 2012.

Copyright: © European Compost Network ECN e.V.
Quelle: Orbit 2012 (Juni 2012)
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