WASP Tool - Development and demonstration of a waste prevention support tool for local authorities

LIFE10 ENV/GR/000622

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Contact person: Konstantia-Ekaterini LASARIDI
Tel: +30 210 9549164
Fax: +30 210 9514759
Email: Klasaridi@hua.gr

Project description:


The increasing production of waste and its disposal constitutes a serious environmental, social and economic problem for the EU. It is an issue of great concern that waste volumes continue to grow, despite the continuous design and implementation of advanced waste management schemes. The Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and the EU Waste Strategy (EUWS) have set waste prevention as a priority issue and waste prevention has been the main objective of both national and EU waste management policies for many years. Nevertheless, limited progress has been made so far in transforming this objective into practical action. EU and national targets have not been met and prevention measures are seldom considered as part of waste management, where the focus is invariably on waste recycling and recovery.


The WASP Tool project aims to prevent the production of waste through the development and proactive implementation of waste prevention strategies at the local authority level. The overall objective is to investigate, demonstrate and optimise the waste prevention potential of three Mediterranean municipalities, covering different geographic and waste policy contexts in Greece and Cyprus. Following a review and evaluation of existing waste prevention activities in other countries, the project will concentrate on developing a web-based decision support tool (the WASP Tool) that will allow local authorities to select and implement the optimum waste prevention programmes for their local circumstances. The three participating municipalities (two in Greece and one in Cyprus) will use the WASP Tool on a pilot basis, to design and implement local waste prevention strategies and the results will be used to further refine the tool. In addition, in each of the participating municipalities, the project will implement, monitor and evaluate four waste prevention actions (two of which will be home composting and food waste reduction). Finally, communication and dissemination activities regarding the WASP Tool and waste prevention in general will be designed and implemented.

Expected results: The expected results of the project include:

  • The identification and evaluation of the most efficient waste prevention actions that have been used throughout the EU;
  • The design and development of an internet-based waste prevention decision support tool (WASP Tool) that will contain all available information on waste prevention actions, and will allow local authorities to select and implement optimum customised waste prevention programmes and prepare waste prevention plans;
  • The pilot development and implementation of three waste prevention strategies by the participating local authorities, with four priority waste prevention actions carried out as part of each waste prevention strategy;
  • The delivery of 300 home compost bins and training for the respective homeowners;
  • The implementation of training and dissemination activities on the WASP Tool and waste prevention in general.



Environmental issues addressed:


Waste - Municipal waste (including household and commercial)


waste management‚  decision making support‚  municipal waste‚  local authority

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator HAROKOPIO PANEPISTIMIO (Harokopio University of Athens)
Type of organisation University
Description Harokopio University (HUA), founded in 1990, is one of the youngest universities in Greece. It is a relatively small, flexible, highly specialised and dynamic academic institution, active in academic research and teaching in the fields of geography, home economics and ecology, nutritional sciences and dietetics, and informatics and telematics. Its ratio of journal publications per academic member of staff is the fourth highest of 21 Greek universities. During the past ten years, more than 300 national, European and private-funded research programmes were implemented by HUA, which also gives it one of the highest ratios of research projects per academic member of staff among Greek universities. The WASP Tool project will be carried out by an interdepartmental research group on sustainable environmental management and technology (SEMT), which has considerable experience in the areas of waste management, especially organic waste, LCA, sustainable development, environmental management, population and environment interrelations, environmental mapping, as well as environmental microbiology and biotechnology.
Partners EPEM S.A., Greece Association of Solid Waste Management in Crete (EDSAK), Greece Environmental Technology LTD (ENVITECH), Cyprus Municipality of Paralimnio, Cyprus Trans-municipal Company of Solid Waste Management of Chania (DEDISA), Greece


Project reference LIFE10 ENV/GR/000622
Duration 01-OCT-2011 to 30-SEP -2014
Total budget 1,804,081.00 €
EU contribution 893,261.00 €
Project location Kypros / Kibris(Cyprus),Kriti(Ellas)


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