The event gathered around 30 people including representatives from local authorities, stakeholders involved in URBAN-WASTE, waste management authorities, hotel associations and accommodation services.
The CoP, held on 26 April, started with a brief presentation of the URBAN-WASTE project, underlining the importance of the collaboration with the other pilots and the added value of Syracuse within the project. Syracuse has just launched the door-to-door separate collection, and the support of the URBAN-WASTE project is crucial for the city in becoming a sustainable touristic destination at global level.
During the CoP, the WasteApp and the Food Track device were presented, together with the decision of adding info points and introducing free bus tickets as reward for tourists. Councillors from Syracuse shared the commitment of the Municipality to reach results with the measure planned and the existing strategies (as the door-to-door separate collection) and underlined the importance of the fundamental role of the stakeholders involved and their cooperation.
The role of communication in stakeholders’ involvement has resulted also clear, from engaging facilities, to citizens to tourists. The three strategic measures previously selected and that will be implemented in Syracuse were explained again (the collection points for used cooking oils, sorting bins in public and touristic places, waste sorting instructions in foreign languages), and will be promoted by events and info-days. This should also involve the Proloco’s database to join the project and present URBAN-WASTE at the next Music Festival in June.
At the end of the CoP, the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) was presented, and participants were invited to sign the document: Proloco, Sicilia Turismo Per Tutti, Noi Albergatori, the Municipality of Syracuse, IGM Rifiuti Industriali, and Associazione Guide Turistiche joined.