REcycling Strategies for the COastal Sustainable Waste Management towards R&D Innovation

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INTERREG V-A, Cross-border Cooperation Programme Greece-Italy 2014-2020

Project No: 80390

Period of Implementation: 31-05-2018 to 30-05-2020         

Scientific Director: Professor Chrysostomos Stylios

Total Budget: 887.187,45 €


Municipality of Otranto (Italy) (LEAD PARTNER)

University of Salento (Italy)

Municipality of Santa Cesarea Terme (Italy)

Municipality of Lefkada (Greece)

University of Ioannina, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (Greece) – Special Account for Research Funding.


The Project RE.CO.RD:

Marine pollution constitutes one of the most important environmental problems in the world closely affiliated with plastic waste. According to the European Commission, 10 million tonnes of waste annually end up in the seas and oceans of the planet, while over 40% of European Union residents live in coastal areas, and their quality of life is highly affected by marine litter. RE.CO.RD project aims to reduce the environmental impacts of the economic activities related to the tourist development of coastal areas and particularly associated with the presence of waste in these areas. The project gives special emphasis on the active participation of the population and on the introduction of new technologies, promoting actions based on innovation and the involvement of the local population in the recycling of plastic materials, such as:

  • Design and realization of 2 experimental rapid prototypes linked to the experience on materials for collection, weighing solid waste and recycling of plastics material
  • Demonstration, on-site actions, for the collection, weighing and recycling of plastic materials, in areas situated close to the beaches and also with the active participation of the local population

The Project aims to:

  • Promote through mild actions, environmentally friendly technologies for the sustainable management of plastic waste
  • Introduce a model for the use of coasts based on sustainability, incorporating common strategies for the establishment of bathing sites in environmental protection areas
  • Reduce the environmental impacts of economic activities derived from the tourism development of coastal areas such as litter and marine pollution
  • Enhance the environmental awareness and active participation of the local population in waste management issues on the coasts

Winter school on “Sustainable Coastal Management”

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