On 9 July 2020, the second International Learning Event (ILE) of CAPonLITTER took place, organized by PP4 UBBSLA, our partner in Bulgaria.

With the theme 'Beach waste management, in particular, waste disposal and collection aspects', this event attended by stakeholders from all the countries involved in the project partnership.

Today, we present you the participating stakeholder from the Region of Crete, Greece:

The Municipality of Rethymnon of the region of Crete established by Kallikratis reform. It consists of the unification of the pre-existing municipalities of Arkadi, Lappa, Rethymnon and Nikiforos Fokas of Rethymnon Prefecture. The extent of the new municipality is 396,256 km² and it has a population of 55,525 inhabitants according to 2011 census. The administrative headquarters of the new municipality is the town Rethymnon. The municipality of Rethymnon is a place blessed with beauty, embraced by breathtaking mountains and the deep blue of the Mediterranean, decorated with renaissance colours and inhabited by people known for their hospitality, honouring their ancestors and traditions.

The Waste Management & Urban Environment Department of Rethymnon Municipality is our stakeholder and is a partner in the Interreg Europe PLASTECO project.


The “PLASTECO - Supporting EU regions to curb plastics waste and littering” project seeks to improve regional environmental policies and stimulate eco-innovation and green growth under the “new plastics economy”, especially through measures to maximise the efficient use of resources (i.e. minimise single-use plastics).

PLASTECO will enable partners and key stakeholders to: a) assess the current situation, potential, and barriers in their regions, b) identify pathways for sustainable growth in plastics value-chains, and c) design and put into effect new policy measures and regulations. In particular, the PLASTECO partners, as the relevant EU public authorities, need and are expected to:

  1. Improve the economics and quality of plastics recycling (waste management plans, public procurement, use of economic instruments, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes, uptake of recycled plastics).
  2. Curb plastic waste and littering (regional plans against aquatic litter, fines, awareness-raising, coastal waste collection, eradication of non-compliant landfills, recycling of agricultural plastics, deposit refund schemes).
  3. Drive investments and innovation towards circular solutions (raising landfill and incineration costs, funding, incentives for plastic prevention and recycling).

Following the presentation made by the representatives of Rethymnon Municipality, WINPOL project partners expressed their interest in carrying out synergies with PLASTECO project, which is implemented under the framework of the Interreg Europe Programme. 

More information can be found at:  www.rethymno.gr/municipality/plasteco/plasteco.htmlwww.interregeurope.eu/plasteco/ 

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