• WP5 Pilot experiences: design, implementation and validation
    • WP Coordinator: P1 UCO
    • PPs involved: all; Applicant SADECO; P2 Municipality of Ragusa; P3 SVIMED; P4 Municipality of Sfax; P5 ARDES; P6 MOMA; P7 University of Jordan; P8 Alex.Uni
      • Role of each partner involved

P1 UCO coordinates this work package; UCO has extensive experience in the technical design, implementation and validation of solutions geared towards fulfilling the needs of different target groups within the citizenship; UCO has been a specialist in the application of the “usability assessment” to all solutions since its early development stages.  WP5 is engaged in the exact design, implementation and validation of 5 pilot solutions concerning waste deposit and collection for their applicability in medinas/city centres. These solutions are expected to be used and tested by the citizenship and- if feasible- to become permanent and be mainstreamed. The usability approach provided by P1 UCO becomes, in this framework, an added value in the context of SMOT. All partners are actively involved in WP5 activities in the design, implementation and validation of pilot solutions to be tested in the 5 partner medinas/city centres.   Associates- Municipality of Alexandria and Municipality of Al-Salt- are also involved in the pilot experiences as the interventions will be carried out in the public space of medinas under their jurisdiction.   Pilot experiences are jointly carried out in each region through joint work of the public authority and the university/research centre involved; both roles converge: Municipalities have the competences to operate in the medinas scenarios and are consequently key actors to make the pilot interventions in medinas for waste deposit and collection to be possible and also successful.  Universities, research centres and associations have the necessary expertise to appropriately carry out tailored interventions for waste deposit and collection in medinas from a technical point of view.  

Project basic document here

  • Eligible costs: 647.322,82 €
  • Expected results

Pilot solutions for waste collection and deposit in medinas/city centres extensively tested, assessed and validated for replicability.    

  • Activities 

5.1. Joint drafting of basic designs/master plans for 5 waste deposit and collection solutions to be tested in partner medinas/city centres. Under P1 UCO coordination, all partners participate in the preparation of basic designs for the 5 solutions. They have been agreed in the partnership, the focus specifically put on waste deposit and collection, and are listed below: 1) Solutions aiming at aesthetic covering of waste containers in line with scenarios of partner city centres. 2) Solutions consisting of waste containers´ burial/underground placement in key spaces in city centres. 3) Solution consisting of adapting rooms of public ownership as waste-storage rooms for public use in key spaces of partner medinas/old towns. The aim is to keep waste off the streets. Collection by public services takes place when the room is full.  Innovative solutions with different possible levels of equipment, such as metal mailboxes for introduction of waste, air conditioning to avoid fermentation of waste, different types of mechanisms to detect the room is full, fire prevention system, possibility of automatic washing, etc. 4) Solution consisting of adapting rooms in the area of medinas/city centres as waste-storage rooms for use by private operators (high volume waste producers). The private version shares the same technical characteristics as the public one but there are some differences. It belongs to private parties: for example to a group of residential houses within the medina/old town or to a group of restaurants/hotels/ leisure businesses or big supermarket/market; it is conceived for large scale producers (those producing at least 1m3 of waste/day) operating in the medina /old town. There are two options for the waste collection in the private waste room: 1) the waste is collected by public services when the private operator in charge notifies that the room is full; 2) the public collection services are allowed to enter the private waste room so they have free access. 5) Solution consisting of the design and implementation of a feasible model for door-to-door waste collection in partner medinas/old towns. Designing a feasible model implies the observation of both logistical and awareness-raising issues by the population and operators in the area.  The pilot embraces the design of the model and the introduction of bins or small containers. 5.2. Partners’ Meeting 1 in Cordoba (Spain). 3 days’ meeting: 1) study visit to waste deposit and collection experiences in Cordoba of interest for the partnership; 2) technical work related to WPs; 3) virtual simulation in usability laboratory of pilot interventions to be implemented; 4) review of communication and capitalisation plans; 5) committee meetings held (SC and TC).   5.3. Virtual simulation of the 5 interventions to be tested.  The aim is assessment prior to implementation in real locations. P1 UCO will be in charge of the virtual simulation for all partners to make a pre-assessment of the 5 solutions. This activity will be carried out during partners’ meeting 1 in Cordoba (month 6).  The virtual simulation will take place in the usability laboratory P1 UCO has in Cordoba. With the result of this pre-assessment P1 UCO will carry out an evolution of first version designs. 5.4. The 5 basic designs/master plans for the 5 solutions are tailored to the 5 partner medinas. Using basic master designs of general applicability, partners in each region will tailor the 5 general applicability solutions to medinas/city centres of Cordoba, Alexandria, Ragusa, Sfax and Al-Salt: adaptation of the model of general applicability to their local reality. 5.5. Partners’ Meeting 2 in Sfax (Tunisia), month 10. The meeting will be structured to accomplish tasks related to WPs technical work, study visit to local experiences, communication and coordination work and holding committee meetings (SC and TC). 5.6. Pilot solution implementation in the 5 partner medinas/city centres. The aim is to test the solutions considered to be the more interesting for each local reality. The execution of pilot tests requires the implementation of tailored designs, the management of permissions and arrangement of necessary works, services, equipment, adaptation of infrastructures for the waste rooms, etc. We understand that “pilot” means “limited scope” but “significant enough”. The approach is to identify several locations in all medinas where the different solutions could be applied.   5.7. Partners’ Meeting 3 in Ragusa (Italy), month 15. See 5.5. Plus visit to SMOT pilot experiences in force. 5.8.Partners’ Meeting 4 in Alexandria (Egypt), month 19. See 5.5.Plus visit to SMOT pilot experiences in force   5.9. Validation of impact of pilot experiences in partner medinas/city centres. Technical and environmental assessment and evaluation of the socioeconomic impact. On-going exchanges between partners will take place during the entire adaptation of master plans and testing period; debate is expected both on the implementation process and the later usability of solutions in real scenarios.   The role of the local administrations is indispensable in WP5.  Local technical partners have the capacity to conceive and develop usable new solutions for waste deposit and collection and for building and testing them. But it is local administrations that have the competences to carry out the interventions in the city spaces and to manage necessary licences and permissions for it.  It is also municipalities that have the capacity to encourage civil participation with regard to certain aspects of urban interest – waste management issues included- and it is also them that have the power to mainstream into general policies the successful experiences and policies.   Private actors are also central for WP5 successful implementation. All the actors interacting in medinas – traders, owners of hotels, restaurants and cafes, craftsmen, managers of small businesses, touristic operators, citizens in general – will be necessarily daily users of the new waste deposit solutions to be introduced in the medinas of Córdoba, Ragusa, Sfax, Alejandria and Al-Salt (innovative waste rooms, door to door collection designs and processes, buried and/or aesthetic waste containers). They will live and work and walk everyday next to the new solutions and will have the daily chance to use them and contribute to their current normalisation.  A representation of both public and private actors in the medinas is also expected to be active in the participative processes to be carried out (WP6).   Concerning the follow-up of the pilot activities to be carried out in the medinas, the partner leading WP5 (P1 UCO) and the external team supporting them for assessment and validation of the pilots, will coordinate and control the specific technical documentation and implementation for each different pilot in each partner medina, in order to verify that the master plan drafted for each pilot (at least 10) is observed. Means will be: 1) in situ visits by the coordinator of WP5 and; 2) remote control through provision of maps, photographs, execute permissions, bills and payment certificates, technical audits of the state of the pilot, etc.  As to the maintenance of the pilots, the team coordinating WP5 jointly with local partners will work for the existence of a municipal frame securing the operation, maintenance and continuity of the pilots, as much as they are validated. Mainstreaming is considered reasonably feasible since it is the local authorities themselves that are partners and developers.      

  • Quantified outputs

–          Basic designs/master plans for waste deposit/collection solutions to be applied in city centres (5). –          Virtual simulation session of solutions designed (1) –          Tailored designs of the 5 solutions for the applicability of them all in medinas/city centres of Cordoba, Alexandria, Ragusa, Sfax and Al-Salt (25); –          Partners´ meeting 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Cordoba (month 6), Sfax (month 10), Ragusa (month 15) and Alexandria (month 19), including minutes (4). –          Pilot experiences concerning waste deposit and collection solutions in partner medinas/city centres (at least 10  pilot experiences expected to be implemented) –          Validation reports for pilot experiences´ impacts (10)