The MED-InA project proposes to develop and roll out a methodology for a “Zero Waste” public policy adapted to Mediterranean cities as an exemplary and participatory approach for waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Mediterranean cities on both sides of the sea face important environmental challenges and increasing costs to collect and treat waste, including expansive investments in landfills or incinerators.
The Zero Waste approach offers an alternative option and aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills or incinerators through waste prevention, reuse, recycling and development of local activities. To adapt this ambitious approach to the Mediterranean context, the MED-InA project will develop a methodology co-designed by the Mediterranean partners of the project, based on a wide consultation of local stakeholders (public, private, associative, citizens) and territorial coordination. It will place the citizen at the heart of the process and will strongly value a “low tech-low cost” approach by promoting in the South and reintegrating in the North traditional practices generating little waste.
The methodology will then be deployed in the 3 partner local autorities. One of the territories is la Ribera region, where an Integrated Municipal Waste Management Plans (IMWMP) will be designed, integrating both organic and plastic waste sorting and treatment solutions. The 3 IMWMP will be operationalized through 3 pilot operations reaching 6,000 households in order to test technical solutions centered on citizens’ behaviour changes and developing business opportunities in favor of circular economy. Pilot projects will use an innovative coaching solution based on Behavioural Sciences and digital technologies and adapted to psycho-social attitudes of each territory.
MED-InA partnership is formed by the following entities:
|Greater Irbid Municipality||Jordan|
|Jordan University of Science and Technology||Jordan|
|Commune de la Marsa||Tunisia|
|Consorci de la Ribera||Spain|
|American University of Beirut||Lebanon|