Following its start in August 2019, the Interreg Europe SMART WASTE held its kick-off meeting on 5 September. Project partners representatives were welcomed by Federica Fratoni, the Tuscany Regional Minister for the Environment, in particular, to discuss innovation in waste management in Tuscany. Key experts joined the meeting to showcase examples from other projects such as WINPOL and Life TACKLE.

During this first meeting, partners launched the interregional exchange activities, co-created the shared evaluation methodology the partners will use to analyse the current state of the regional policies and to identify their strengths and failures and instated the SMART WASTE Steering Group, which will drive the project toward its goals.

SMART WASTE seminar, exchange sessions, and study visit were open to project partners and local stakeholders.

Draft Agenda

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome and opening

-    M. Di Mattia, ARRR, Lead Partner of SMART WASTE
-    F. Fratoni, Tuscany Regional Minister for Environment and Soil Protection

09:30 – 09:50

Keynote speech 1 – Innovation in approaches

-    A. Scappini, CEO Alia – Waste Management Agency for Central Tuscany Regional Area 

09:50 – 10:10

Keynote speech 2 – Innovation in technologies

-    I. Pecorini, University of Pisa - Department Of Energy, Systems, Territory and Constructions Engineering (DESTEC)

10:10 – 10:30

The experience of the Interreg Europe WINPOL Project

-    B. Spasova, Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

What is “innovation” in my Region?

“Speed-date” session: partners presented to each other their local/regional innovation context in waste management, with a focus on existing evaluation tools. Partners worked in pairs: 15 minutes date per pair, before changing pair mate.

12:30 – 13:00

Co-creating SMART WASTE shared evaluation methodology

Thanks to mutual learning and joint discussion, partners worked together to design the SMART WASTE Evaluation Methodology.

13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:45

 How to engage with citizens and stakeholders?

Local cases of stakeholder engagement in the EU

-    B. Spasova, F. Lembo, ACR+

How to successfully engage with stakeholders: The Life TACKLE project

-    T. Daddi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Institute of Management Studies

Group work on stakeholder engagement