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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
La minería de vertedero: nueva estrategia de futuro complementaria al reciclaje de residuos electrónicos en origen
| Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Maria Calaf Forn
2015

In Spain there are at least 275 million tons of household wastes deposited in landfills. An estimated 50% of the content is land (with some organic matter strongly degraded), between 20 and…

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…

Study on the feasibility of the implementation of a deposit-refund scheme (DRS) for single-use beverage containers in Catalonia
| | Projects
ENT
2017

This report was commissioned by the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC) and carried out by a consortium led by ENT Environment and Management and integrated by Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd…

Performance of compostable baby used diapers in the composting process with the organic fraction of municipal solid waste
| Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Maria Mestre Montserrat
2013

In modern societies, disposable diapers constitute a significant percentage of municipal solid wastes. They have been traditionally landfilled or incinerated as only limited recycling…

Guide for the Implementation of Pay-As-You-Throw Systems for Municipal Waste
| | Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Maria Calaf Forn| Maria Mestre Montserrat
2010

Municipal waste management is one of the key areas of municipal environmental policy and is also the item on which town councils spend most resources. Therefore, a wide range of tools…

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…

Construction and demolition waste management in Bogotá (Colombia)
| Projects
FUNDACIO ENT
2015

In 2012, the ENT Foundation carried out a technical assistance project on the management of construction and demolition waste for the City Council of Bogotá (Colombia). The project was…

Cap and Trade Schemes on Waste Management: A Case Study on the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) in England
| Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Maria Calaf Forn
2014

The Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) is one of the main instruments used in England to enforce the landfill diversion targets established in the Directive 1999/31/EC of the European…

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…

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…