A Mediterranean Integrated Alliance on Waste for Cities and Citizens (MED-InA)
14 Jan 2020

​The MED-InA project proposes to develop and roll out a methodology for a “Zero Waste” public policy adapted to Mediterranean cities as an exemplary and participatory approach for waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The Zero Waste approach offers an alternative option and aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills or incinerators through waste prevention, reuse, recycling and development of local activities. To adapt this ambitious approach to the Mediterranean context, the MED-InA project will develop a methodology co-designed by the partners, based on a wide consultation with local stakeholders (public, private, associations, citizens) and territorial coordination. It will place the citizens at the heart of the process and will strongly value a “low tech-low cost” approach by promoting in the South and reintegrating in the North traditional practices that generate little quantity of waste. The total project budget is 2.3 million €, where 2.1 million € is funded by EU, while 10% is a co-finance that comes from the project partners.

Project Partners

The project lead beneficiary is E3D-Environment France, while the project partners are AVITEM France, Greater Irbid Municipality (Jordan), Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan), La Marsa Municipality (Tunisia), Ribera Consortium (Spain) and American University of Beirut (Lebanon).

What will be improved?

The MED-InA project proposes to transform municipalities waste management practices from "treating always more waste" to "treating less by preventing waste" through a focus on citizen behavior change. To do so, the project will use an innovative methodology: a dedicated coaching service, as well as massive door-to-door campaigns and regular phone/email contacts, will allow a direct connection with citizens and local businesses in order to support them in reducing the production of waste that cannot be recycled nor reused. In addition, testing pilots in selected neighborhoods of La Marsa (Tunisia), Irbid (Jordan) and Ribera (Spain) will be organized to show the commitments of public authorities in keeping cities clean. This work will be linked to concrete updates of Municipal Waste Management Plans and support to innovative circular economy businesses in order to act at a multi-level stage and create synergies.


Who will benefit?

  • 45 municipal representatives/staff
  • 6 regional and national authorities in charge of waste management
  • 6,000 households of La Marsa (Tunisia), Irbid (Jordan) and Ribera (Spain)
  • 40 local associations and businesses

Expected Project achievements

  • 1 decision support tool on Zero Waste public policies
  • 3 Integrated Municipal Waste Management Plans including both organic and plastic waste sorting and treatment solutions
  • 3 capacity-building plans and training programs for municipal staffs and elected members
  • 15 local awareness-raising campaigns on the Zero Waste approach
  • 3,000 households using new services and equipment for sorting at source, recycling, reusing and composting
  • 12 startups selected and supported to create businesses in the circular economy sector 
  • 2,400 low-cost equipment and services set up for sorting at source and implementing decentralized composting

Role of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)

In addition to the input from JUST side to most of the  project work packages, JUST will coordinate work package 4 of the project which is focusing on the development of integrated solid waste management plans for the three participating municipalities in Jordan, Tunisia and Spain. Professor Hani Abu Qdais, who is a well-known expert in waste management will lead this package to design the plans by focusing on environmental, social and economic aspects. This will be achieved by large-scale public consultation including women, civil society, industries and agricultural services. National decision-makers will be as well consulted to know the investment orientations at short, medium to long-term. ​

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