Carribean-European Union Research Alliance 4 Better Waste Management

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The overall objective of the CARE4WASTE project is to raise awareness of waste as a valuable resource and overcome the lack of practices and policies in waste management, recycling and urban mining in order to contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment and economic development in the LAC region. Following a sustainable capacity building approach, the specific objective of the project is to use the expert knowledge of the consortium to (1) identify the bottlenecks in waste management policies and practices, (2) initiate of broad stakeholder dialogue to screen potential managerial, logistical and technical solutions for the bottlenecks, (3) implement LACLAC and EULAC knowledge transfer of the solutions identified by a ‘teaching the teachers approach’ and finally (4) activate the innovation and business potential in urban mining by SME business model development in the urban and rural context. The expected results encompass (a) country-fit guidelines for consumers, (b) improved human capacity of researchers, administrators and practitioners in collections schemes, infrastructure management, waste processing and recycling, (c) catalogue of best practice and policy considering lessons learned in the EU and (d) development of business models and design of pilot projects in recycling and urban mining