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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
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…

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…

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…

Methodology for the environmental management of debris in Latin American cities
| Projects
FUNDACIO ENT
2016

Fundació ENT obtained a grant from the Barcelona Provincial Council within the call for cooperation projects for 2015 to develop a methodological model for construction and demolition…

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…

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…

LIFE EWAS: sustainable waste management using ICT tools
| Projects
ENT
2014

ENT is participating in a project within the EU LIFE programme, which aims to demonstrate the potential of information technologies to optimize waste collection. The project, named LIFE…

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…

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…

Prevention of waste from advertising activities in Barcelona
| Projects
ENT
2012

Waste linked to advertising activities represents a not negligible (and growing) part of municipal waste. Although most of this waste is recyclable, often it ends up on the floor of the…