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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
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…

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…

Economic balance of door-to-door collection and road containers waste collection for local authorities and proposals for its optimisation
| | Publications| Ignasi Puig Ventosa| Jaume Freire González| Marta Jofra Sora
2013

Municipal waste management is one of the main expenditures of local authorities. In the context of the crisis in which we find ourselves, this factor is crucial when considering the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…