A project in four steps

  1. Life-cycle analysis of various sort of waste and selection of four promising waste streams – Investigation of the local market for recycled products
  2. Collection of local, national and international  best practices – Analyses of the different legal frameworks to identify how to optimize waste management and recycling activities
  3. Training to improve the operators’ skills and the quality of materials – Create partnership and code of conducts to integrate products in the local market through a smart use of GPP and “green” purchasing. LOWaste for action!
  4. Give the “new” products visibility and make sure they can access the local market – Awareness raising campaign to promote the project at local, national and international level


LOWaste develops through several major phases ranging from the analysis and selection of the sectors of waste in the area, the involvement of all stakeholders, dissemination of the objectives and the project template. These are divided into:


  • Manage and coordinate all the organizations involved and ensure proper development of the project.
  • Monitor the timing and results.
  • Evaluate, through an external audit, the progress and results of the project.
  • Create a local network with other LIFE projects.

Preparatory actions

  • Analyze waste life cycle – stages, actors and skills – and select the categories of waste considered more
    suitable for recycling and reuse.
  • Studying law – national and regional – to find out how to intervene in the process of disposing of waste for
    recycling and reuse.
  • Compilation of best practices of local, national and international regulations.
  • Analyze the local market and stakeholders to find ways to trade in recycled products.
  • Define the innovative tools and quality standards required.


  • Homogenize the partners’ knowledge through training sessions.
  • Improve the quality of the materials through the capacity to recycle and re-use by social cooperatives.
  • Giving visibility, communicate and disseminate locally made ​products.
  • Create agreements and protocols to insert the products in the local market through two main channels: GPP for local and green buying by private consumers (companies, cooperatives, etc.).

Communication and dissemination

  • Implement the guidelines of the project.
  • Communicate and disseminate the project locally, nationally and internationally, through workshops,
    conferences, events, information campaigns.