Taking steps together for a zero-waste region

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France is taking bold initiatives to cut down on plastic waste

On 23 November 2018, ACR+ member Region Sud launched its regional campaign “Zero Plastic Waste”, in the framework of the European Week for Waste Reduction. It aims to give a zero plastic waste approach to all the policies and fields of intervention of the region with the objective of actively fighting against marine litter, to valorise all the plastic waste produced annually by the region, and to support the development of recycling and eco-conception. Several initiatives have already been implemented, in the framework of the regional climate plan, launched in 2017.

In 2018, the region allocated 20% of its budget to this climate plan, making environment a priority and aiming to become a leading region when it comes to environmental issues. The Region Sud is the first region in France to tackle plastic waste by dedicating an additional budget of 2 million euros to support alternative solutions to plastic: depolluting of the Mediterranean Sea, replacing plastics by recyclable materials in agriculture, replacing plastic straws and bottles, etc. Additional actions will take place as of 2019 such as implementing a zero plastics policy at schools under the Region’s responsibility or increasing the bonus given to taxi drivers for acquiring hybrid or electric vehicles.

One of the tools designed to strengthen the efficiency of regional waste management is the LIFE IP Smart Waste project. This project aims to develop a strong regional dynamic to maximise the efficiency of the most recent departmental plans (2014-2016), during its first phase, and then, of the regional waste prevention and management plan (PRPGD), to be adopted in June 2019. More than 100 practical actions will be implemented in order to reinforce waste prevention, increase reuse, recycle and recovery of waste, and develop a strategy for a circular economy.

Starting in early 2018, more than 50 % of these concrete actions have been launched and six of them have already been delivered. Indeed, three household waste recycling centres have been rehabilitated and will accept new types of waste to be recycled. Moreover, 260 voluntary drop-off centres have been installed over Bouches-du-Rhône region this year to improve sorting.

To find out more, visit www.lifeipsmartwaste.eu/en/

Source: www.maregionsud.fr (in French)