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In the area of waste management, ENT adopts a preventative focus, centred on generating less waste and achieving better management. Our main focus has been municipal waste, but we have some experience on construction and demolition waste, industrial waste and mineral oils.

Most of our projects are commissioned by Public Administrations, from very practical projects for Local Authorities to very specific consulting reports for the European Commission or on the framework for European projects, including projects for regional and national authorities (strategies, programmes, design of specific policy instruments, etc.). We also collaborate with universities or research centres and with environmental NGOs, amongst others.

Within the area of waste management, we highlight our experience in economic aspects (costs and economic implications of waste policies) and in the design and evaluation of economic and fiscal policies (waste charges , pay-as-you-throw schemes , taxes on landfilling and incineration, deposit-refund schemes, fee-rebate systems, etc.).

We have also produced various waste management plans for local authorities. In particular, we have a lot of experience in the design and implementation of separate door to door collection schemes .

Another priority area of work is waste prevention, where we have produced numerous waste prevention plans for local entities and projects consisting in implementing specific measures. A specific waste flow in which we have paid particular attention is nappies. Another area in which we have specialized are projects to prevent food waste.

An important part of our work is the framework of research projects, which later derive in a good number of technical and scientific publications.

HIGHLIGHTS
Study of waste management models in isolated rural areas ans islands
| Projects
ENT
2011

23% of the Spanish population live in rural areas (12 of 17 regions can be classified as rural) and 6.9% live in islands. Some rural areas have characteristics that make them isolated…

Assessing the impact of the presence of impurities in selectively collected biowaste on the quality of compost produced in Catalonia
| Projects
ENT
2016

The presence of impurities in selectively collected biowaste is one important factor affecting the quality of compost. Other factors include the type of treatment process, and the…

DECISIVE: DECentralIzed management Scheme for Innovative Valorization of urban biowastE
| Projects
FUNDACIO ENT
2016

From September 2016 to August 2020 Fundació ENT participates in a new research project called “Decisive”: DECentralIzed management Scheme for Innovative Valorization of urban biowastE…

Reusable nappies
| Projects
ENT
2012

ENT has conducted viability studies for the introduction of reusable nappies in various contexts and has supported various implementations.
With regards to nappies for children we have…

Economic balance of the door-to-door separate waste collection and bring schemes
| | Projects
FUNDACIO ENT
2013

The Catalan Association of Municipalities for door-to-door separate waste collection commissioned a study in 2012 to ENT to provide local authorities with accurate information about the…

Viability on a deposit, return and return system for the AMB
| | Projects
ENT
2016

The study analyzes the regulatory capacity to establish an SDDR System in the metropolitan area, under the impulse of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB). For normative capacity…

Building waste management core indicators through Spatial Material Flow Analysis: Net recovery and transport intensity indexes
| Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa
2012

In this paper, the material and spatial characterization of the flows within a municipal solid waste (MSW) management system are combined through a Network-Based Spatial Material Flow…

Determining factors for the presence of impurities in selectively collected biowaste
| Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Jaume Freire González| Marta Jofra Sora
2013

The presence of impurities in biodegradable waste (biowaste) causes problems with the management of waste, among which are additional costs derived from the need to improve pre-treatment of…

Technical assistance for improving municipal waste management in Valle Alto (Bolivia)
| Projects
FUNDACIO ENT
2014

This project, developed in 2014, consisted of providing technical advice to the Association of Municipalities of Valle Alto for the planning of municipal waste management in the coming…

Waste charges studies
| | Projects
ENT
2014

Waste charges can contribute not only to covering the costs associated with waste management, but also to creating an incentive to reduce and separate waste at source. A good design also…