2.1. What about the WASP Tool project?
The WASP Tool project has been developed in order to investigate, demonstrate and optimise the waste prevention potential at the Local Authorities Level, in Greece and in Cyprus. The full title of the project is ‘Development and Demonstration of a Waste Prevention Support Tool for Local Authorities’, whereas its short title (i.e.WASP Tool),  is inspired by the abbreviation of the words Waste Prevention. 
The project aims at:

  • the development of a waste prevention support tool for Local Authorities (so-called WASP-Tool), 
  • the implementation of the WASP-Tool in three participating Local Authorities (Municipality of Chania and Municipality of Heraklio in Greece, Municipality of Paralimni in Cyprus),
  • the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of four waste prevention actions in each participating Local Authority,
  • the communication and dissemination of the project results and the best waste prevention practices. 

2.2. Who are the project beneficiaries?
The project beneficiaries are:

  • Harokopio University (coordinator), GR
  • Trans-Municipal Company for Solid Waste Management (DEDISA), GR
  • United Association of Solid Waste Management in Crete (ESDAK), GR
  • Environmental Planning, Engineering & Management S.A. (EPEM), GR
  • Environmental Technology Ltd  (ENVITECH), CY
  • Municipality of Paralimni, CY.

2.3. What is the Wasp-Tool? 
The Waste Prevention WASP Tool is a web-based and expert system backend reasoning core, which is employed as a decision-support module to help local authorities choose and implement the best strategies for waste prevention according to the local conditions in their area. The tool is based on local and aggregated data concerning the composition of the waste and the demographic characteristics of an area, and examines the effectiveness of possible waste prevention strategies, like campaigns to reduce food waste and home composting activities. The results help to evaluate the benefits from implementing each strategy or combination of strategies for waste prevention in order to select the best available solution.

2.4. Which are the waste prevention activities that will take place in the pilot areas of the project?
The first two actions were pre-selected (the first action is about food waste reduction and the second concerns home composting) and the next two actions derived by the results of the WASP-Tool implementation. The third waste prevention action - common for all municipalities - is a campaign for the elimination of shopping plastic bags through the promotion of reusable bags. The fourth activity differs in each waste management authority according to its waste composition and its priorities. In the Municipality of Chania, DEDISA will set a new type of lending library, the open exchange library, targeting mainly at the paper waste prevention through the exchange of books. In Heraklio a priority waste stream is clothes. Therefore, ESDAK based on the results of the WASP-Tool will set certain spots within the city, where residents will place clothes they don’t need in closed containers. Finally in Paralimni the pilot waste prevention action aims at reducing the waste from plastic bottles that result from the consumption of bottled water.