Population increase, economic development and materialistic innovations increase demand for Earth’s finite resources. Human not only produce low-value waste, but also through innovations, such as microplastics, pollute ecosystems, thus damaging their own livelihood. Waste management is especially a topical problem due to the increase of global population and its consumption habits that lead to serious environmental problems. In the European Union (EU), only 40% of waste is recycled or reused. According to Eurostat data, the situation in Latvia and Estonia is less pleasing and shows around 20% of waste recycling. Most of the waste is landfilled or incinerated. The 7th EU Environmental Action Programme sets the following priorities: to reduce the amount of waste generated; to maximize recycling and re-use; to limit incineration to non-recyclable materials and to phase out landfilling to non-recyclable and non-recoverable waste. Both countries still have a lot to do to fulfil the waste policy of EU and one of the steps is to raise public awareness and understanding of the problem.
The main objective of the WasteArt project is to increase the awareness and change people’s habits towards more environmentally friendly behaviour concerning the waste reduction, re-use, and recycling (Waste 3R). WasteArt will use the capacity of contemporary art and the diversity of artistic practices to increase public awareness of the vast amounts of waste produced by human daily activities; as well as through the introduction of Waste Audit approach the WasteArt project will promote the Waste 3R at kindergartens and schools.
To reach the main objective, the project team will implement the following activities:
Campaign “Waste Audit and 3R” will target kindergartners, school-children, and school staff. It will engage education institutions in using the Waste 3R approach, thus promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and reduction of waste. This objective will be achieved by developing and implementing a waste audit across 24 kindergartens and schools by addressing the causes not consequences of the problem.
IES is a leading partner of the WasteArt project. The institute is responsible about the overall project management, as well as co-leading of both campaigns – Artistic Creative Reuse Campaign and “Waste Audit and 3R”.
Project duration: August 2018 – January 2021
Leading partner: Foundation “Institute for Environmental Solutions”
Partners: Mittetulundusühing Tipu Looduskool (MTL); Põlva Vallavalitsus; Vidzemes plānošanas regions (VPR); Võru Vallavalitsus (VV); SIA “ZAAO”
Project Manager: Guna Dātava; email@example.com; +371 26568947
Founded by: European Regional Development Fund, Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia (Est-Lat) Programme and co-funded by Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, and project partners