Waste collection systems assessed and good practices identified

Project: EU project

Project Details


COLLECTORS is a European-funded, Horizon 2020 project which aims to identify and highlight existing good practices of waste collection and sorting. It focuses on three waste streams: paper and packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and construction and demolition waste (CDW)

The main objective of the COLLECTORS project is to harmonize and disclose available information on different waste collection systems; to gain better insight into the overall performance of systems; and to support decision-makers in shifting to better-performing systems via capacity-building and establishing implementation guidelines.

To reach this goal, COLLECTORS will work in three phases:

- Inventory: map, harmonize and disclose existing information on waste collection systems throughout Europe for packaging and paper waste, WEEE, and CDW. The resulting inventory of waste collection practices will be disclosed on a web-based platform to help decision-makers find systems that are in line with their needs.

- Assessment: assess the overall performance of waste collection systems in different geographical areas based on comparable data for twelve case studies (four per waste stream), using life-cycle assessments and cost-benefit analyses.

- Implementation: stimulate successful implementation of better-performing waste collection systems by providing implementation guidelines for the collection of the three waste streams, which will include tailored instructions per type of location. COLLECTORS will also provide policy recommendations on aligning the different policy levels involved. To this end, multi-criteria decision making will be applied as participatory learning exercises together with regional decision-makers
Effective start/end date1/12/1730/06/20

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • PNO Consultants B.V. (lead)
  • Ramboll Deutschland GmbH (Project partner)
  • Leiden University (Project partner)
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (Project partner)
  • ACR+ Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (Project partner)
  • WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. (Project partner)
  • EUROCITIES (Project partner)
  • Zero Waste Europe (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • waste collection
  • waste management
  • circular economy
  • multicriteria decision-making
  • recycling
  • decision-making
  • waste electronic equipment
  • paper and packaging waste
  • construction and demolition waste
  • H2020-EU.3.5.3. - Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials