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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, OECD 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. Specific waste flows in which we have paid particular attention is nappies and packaging. 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
User identification for municipal waste collection in high-density contexts
| Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Maria Calaf Forn
2019

The report aims to provide Local Authorities, particularly in a high-density context, with more information about these systems and to describe the basic steps needed for their…

Feasibility studies for the implementation of Door to Door separate waste collection schemes
| Projects
ENT
2019

ENT has conducted feasibility studies for the implementation of door to door separate waste collection schemes in a number of municipalities.
These studies start with a diagnosis of 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…

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…

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…

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…

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

ENT was 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…

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…

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…

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…