Organization of the training sessions and the demonstration activity
Activity 6.3 includes the relevant tasks performed in order to organize and accomplish the foreseen training sessions to all involved staff and target population.
In the framework of Activity 6.3, two (2) training sessions were organized in order to be addressed to specific target groups.
• The first (1st) training session was addressed to the operators of the ISWM scheme and was aiming to provide guidelines and enhance the motivation of the staff engaged to the implementation of the scheme. In this way, the successful sorting of waste and the subsequent effective processing and recycling of the materials were ensured. For the accomplishment of the first session and the training of the operators of the waste collection vehicle, informative documents focused on clear service information were produced, such as:
(i) the suggested waste collection schedule
- Paper/paperboard collection: every 4 days
- Glass collection: every 25 days
- Plastic & metals collection: every 4 days
It should be noted that the waste collection frequency was designed to be flexible and, therefore, subjected to alteration and optimization during the implementation of the source separation scheme, resulting from the recording data i.e. specific capture rates, participation rate etc. Therefore, in certain waste collection points, the collection frequency may be reduced in order to achieve higher loads and reduce the transport of the vehicle while at the same time coincide with the collection day of the respective material-target.
(ii) a specially designed data recording sheet,
The use of a notebook with specially designed sheets facilitates the accurate data gathering of separated waste streams and the recording of arising problems in every waste collection point. The exact information noted prior to the waste bin collection in each page is: the date of collection, the code of the bin (five digits), the volume of the sorted materials, operator’s comments. Deliverable 6.31(+) depicts an example of the pages used for waste data recording of the ISWM scheme.
(iii) development of the waste collection points’ network and subsequently the transportation routes of the satellite vehicle. For the first phase of the ISWM scheme, only the bins for the dry recyclables were put in place. The main target areas, according to the ISWM plan, are Pyrgos (Figure 1, Figure 2) and Panormos Bay (Figure 3) communities. However, due to the high demand of the inhabitants from areas adjacent to the target areas (Plateia, Venardados, Mamados and Marlas villages), extra waste bins for the separate collection of dry recyclables were placed in order to serve the needs of these villages as well (Figure 4). The Gas station of the area has been also provided with an ISWM outdoor bin, since it’s a source of paper/paperboard generation.
The detailed maps of the waste collection points’ network are given below:
Figure 1. Distribution of waste collection points in Pyrgos community
Figure 2. Distribution of waste collection points between Pyrgos and Panormos Bay communities
Figure 3. Distribution of waste collection points in Panormos Bay community
Figure 4. Setting of additional waste collection points in Plateia & Venardados communities upon strong request of the inhabitants and location of the Waste Transfer Station.
It should be also noted that the waste collection points’ network has been presented in a LIFE+ signboard (comprising Deliverable 6-16(a)) which was displayed in public places of the selected communities (Figure 5).
Figure 5. Life+ signboard placed at Pyrgos (left), Life+ signboard placed at Panormos Bay (right)
(iv) moreover, stickers with codes (Figure 6) and labels of the targeted waste stream (paper/paperboard, glass, plastic & metal, biowaste) (Figure 7) were used to label the outdoor waste bins so as to further facilitate the users of the ISWM scheme as well as the work of the operator of the waste collection vehicle
Figure 6. Example of codification of waste bins using stickers
Figure 7. Example of stickers signifying the type of waste received in each labelled bin
(v) the first (1st) training session was concluded with the education of the operator of the telephone helpline, which is based at the Pyrgos Community Centre. For this purpose, a ‘Frequenlty Asked Questions’ (FAQ) document was produced, answering basic questions for the services provided by the ISWM scheme and what are the recyclable and non-recyclable materials. The ‘FAQ’ document comprises Deliverable 6-32(+).
• The second (2nd) training session was addressed to the participating households of the ISWM scheme, aiming to overcome people’s barriers to participation and educate them on source separation method of dry recyclables and biowaste. During the raising awareness event, the participating households and businesses were clearly informed on how to participate in the project, what their service rules are, what will happen to the recyclable materials after the separate collection and what are the expected results of its implementation. For this reason, optical material (oral presentation), informative brochures and cards and extensive discussion with the project team were used as means of training and information-sharing. It is worth mentioning that a professional graphic designer was employed in order to create brochures and educative cards of high quality for adults and their special versions for students. The distributed dissemination material can be found under Activity 6.2.
Additional training sessions were organized and implemented in order to conduct waste sampling studies to the target areas. For this purpose, volunteer households were chosen so as to provide with source separated waste materials the project team and record data regarding MSW generation rates, as well as compositional analysis of biowaste and residual waste.