LIFE-IP CYzero WASTE
The overall project objective of the LIFE-IP CYzero WASTE is to address and implement:
- The Circular Economy Package – the Directive for Plastics 2019/904 the transposition of which is still undergoing legal vetting,
- Address the gaps identified both in the Environmental Implementation Review for Cyprus [SWD(2019)115] and the Early Warning Report for Cyprus [SWD(2018)415].
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Achieving Project Goals
These goals will facilitate the implementation of an integrated waste management approach utilizing a combination of complementary methods, which uses resources in a sustainable way, reduces waste generation, safeguards and protects the environment and human health, and reinforces social and economic growth.
The project involves both preparatory studies/ assessments/reviews, as well as actions needed for a full-scale implementation of the national waste policy. It aims at gradually improving waste management by a) promoting waste prevention, reuse/repair and recycling activities, b) introducing relevant economic instruments, building the necessary capacity and knowledge of local, regional and national authorities involved in waste management, and c) proceeding with institutional changes that will enhance waste hierarchy.
Actions that matter
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- Implement concrete waste management actions that will support, enhance, and maximise the application of waste hierarchy and the separate collection of waste streams (biowaste, packaging, plastic, paper/carton, household hazardous waste, textile and bulky waste), so as to ensure elevated waste diversion from landfills to the levels set by national and EU law.
- Develop demonstration actions in targeted fields (food waste and agrowaste prevention, reuse/repair, recycling, hazardous household waste management, marine debris management, economic instruments-incentives) in numerous rural, semi-rural and urban areas (>50), located in all five (5) districts of Cyprus.
- Enhance the use of economic instruments in support of circular economy and bioeconomy (landfill tax introduction combined with a waste management fund, PAYT schemes, standardization of secondary raw materials).
- Disseminate/communicate project’s results and enable the replication of demonstration actions to other geographical areas in Cyprus.
- Mobilise complementary funding resources that will enable the development of a wide-ranging support infrastructure to ensure the effective implementation of the NWPP & NWMP.
- Introduce institutional changes by establishing an administrative structure (Waste Management Coordination Body) aiming to enhance the implementation of NWMP and NWPP, by bridging the gap and lack of coordination between Central Government and Local Authorities.
- Build knowledge and change behaviour towards sustainable waste management.
- Promote awareness of key stakeholders, authorities, and the general public about resource efficiency, circular economy and its impact on waste.
Aim to make a difference
Implementation of biowaste source separation and management schemes
Development and operation of composting units
Implementation of Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) collection and management
Operation of four (4) fully mobile units and two (2) household hazardous waste centers
Development of a detailed methodology plan for food waste and agro waste quantification and classification
Development and operation of two (2) reuse/repair centers and a network of collection shops
Monitoring and optimization of the PAYT schemes in twenty (20) demonstration areas of Cyprus
Implementation of marine debris collection schemes in three (3) fishing shelters
Application of economic instruments in support of Circular Economy and Bioeconomy
Development of new standards for secondary raw materials
Organization of six (6) 2- day forums
Organization of eight (8) capacity building workshops
Organization of regional awareness-raising events (info days)
Organization of e-training to the Waste and Material Flows Platform
Establishment of a Waste Management Coordinating Body
Disseminate the project implementation results, raise awareness on the demonstration actions, as well as new solutions for the general public, and provide targeted information on the relevant European, national and local policy and action
Support educational activities for teachers, pupils and the youth, in order to support waste prevention, reuse and recycling to provide a strong basis for relevant actions among a younger audience
Promote the active involvement of relevant bodies with citizens for the joint development and implementation of waste management plans
Work together with all authorities (national, regional, local) to communicate the project and its impact to the general public