Background and Objectives
In line with its long-term goal of becoming a 'Recycling Society',
the European Union’s waste policy aims at preventing waste generation
and optimizing the use of waste as a resource. The key actors concretely
implementing this concept are regional and local authorities as
waste management falls into their responsibility and many legal,
economic and educational instruments are decided at this decentralised
At present, these sub-national authorities find themselves facing
many new challenges: facing the backdrop of continuously rising
quantities of generated waste, they must comply with ever stricter
legislation, develop increasingly complex waste management systems, and
encourage their population to be more actively involved.
There is thus a need for regional and local authorities to develop
benchmarks in order to compare, and to share experiences and good
practices in order to improve their performances. In 2010, ACR+ initiated the European Observatory for Municipal Waste Recycling Performances
which allows its members to compare their achievements based on common
concepts and indicators. Regions 4 Recycling builds on these first
efforts by identifying the underlying conditions and employed
instruments that facilitate high recycling performances.
The overall aim of Regions for Recycling is to facilitate the implementation of the EU Waste Framework Directive
by enabling regional and local authorities to improve their municipal
waste recycling performance. The project partners will identify legal,
economic, technical and structural conditions and instruments for
optimal recycling performances through unbiased comparisons of their
performances. Exchanging and disseminating these good practices will
contribute to the European efforts of bringing all EU territories to the
same high waste management and recycling standards.
The project partners hope that R4R will become a waste management
exchange and optimisation platform for local and regional authorities
across Europe, both through an upcoming online tool allowing comparisons
among territories and the organization of several regional and European
R4R is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) INTERREG IVC programme.
The total budget amounts 2,166,679.17 € with a contribution of the EU
of 2,108,803.57 €. R4R is a 3-year project (January 2012-December 2014).