The LIFE project, WASP Tool (LIFE10 ENV/GR/000622) has now made its waste prevention support tool for local authorities available in English, as well as Greek. The free web-based decision support system, dubbed WASP-Tool, was developed by the Harokopio University of Athens and partners to enable local authorities to select and implement optimal waste prevention programmes. It was tested by local authorities in Crete and Cyprus during the project, which ran from 2011 to 2014.

The tool aggregates data on waste volume and composition (biowaste, paper, plastic, metal and glass), priorities for municipal waste processing, a set of environmental, financial and social indicators, and the demographic characteristics of an area. Based on this source material, the tool can give users a clear picture of the likely effectiveness of different strategies, and prioritises waste prevention actions according to the local conditions.

Although targeted primarily at local authorities, the WASP-Tool can be used by anyone – with or without waste management experience. The English language version will help transfer the project’s approach to other parts of Europe.
The WASP-Tool can be downloaded free-of-charge from the project’s website. More information about the project can also be found on the website, including details of its public awareness campaigns on the importance of reducing household waste and ways to achieve this.

Source: EU LIFE