About this good practice
While talking about circular economy and waste prevention a major problem is the lack of a system for collecting quality information for waste management (not measured in numbers) through organised monitoring process. There is a need to communicate up-to-date and understandable information with the population by publishing easy understandable and geospatially oriented information about where to dispose of, sell or hand over unnecessary equipment and waste.
More to that the COVID-19 crisis led to increase of packaging waste due to e-commerce and home/office deliveries.
CEMIS is an information e-platform, providing users with a systematic and informed choice about the possibilities for prevention and reduction of the generated household waste, separate collection, preparation for reuse and recycling of household waste materials.
The e-platform reduces the information deficit by providing clearly understandable information on the places where household waste materials can be transferred; household appliances, machinery and equipment can be repaired (to avoid their disposal), as well as where goods and products offered free of charge by representatives of the community itself.
The e-platform covers currently three Municipalities in Bulgaria – Sofia, Vratsa and Nikopol.
The main stakeholders are: State and municipal authorities, NGOs, Business, Public.
Total budget:€ 197 535
Grant € 189 414
10 Experts in total, as follow: Project manager, Financial Manager, Legal expert, Office administrator, PR, IT system expert, IT data base expert, Waste management expert, Waste treatment installation expert, Municipal waste expert.
Evidence of success
Public access to www.cemis.bg
For 3 months, more than
• 166 000 Facebook users reached;
• 11 000 users of CEMIS;
• 26 000 views;
• 107 000 events count;
• 600 000 impressions reached;
• 73 000 YouTube video views;
• 2 700 t more municipal waste collected for recycling/recovery.
Potential for learning or transfer
The development of waste management information systems is important for waste prevention. This experience is valuable for other municipalities. Waste prevention is the most efficient way to improve resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of waste by setting up and supporting re-use and repair networks and repurchase and refill schemes, and by encouraging re-production, renewal and, where appropriate, re-use of products through information sharing platforms.
Spreading the platform opportunities leads to positive green side effects - waste will be prevented and reused and they will not go to incineration, landfill or be dumped in the landscape.
CEMIS contributes directly to reducing waste generation and disposal through increase of the second use, recovery and recycling of residual and/or waste materials one hand, and on the other - to introducing the resource efficiency and environmentally sound management.