ECOTIC facilitates the transfer of Norwegian best practices

de | July. 4, 2023 | Ecotic Projects, Steps for Urban Mining, News

ECOTIC Association implement the project between May and December 2023 STEPS FOR URBAN MINING funded by EEA & Norway Grants The project aims to transfer Norwegian know-how in the operation of Voluntary Collection Centers (VCCs), as well as in the management of municipal waste, including electrical and electronic equipment waste.

The context of the implementation of this project represents it the need to increase the recycling rate, in Romania, of household waste (less than 20%, the target being 50%). Also by PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan), 565 centers with voluntary intake (CAV) will be built in Romania until 2026 (starting with 2024). Guides are available here. The operation of these centers will also be done by the sanitation companies contracted by the local public authorities. The employees of these companies are the beneficiaries as well as the target audience of the experience exchange facilitated by the "Steps for Urban Mining" project.

Through this initiative, ECOTIC wants to contribute to the improvement and development of the recyclable waste management system in Romania. One such action was the establishment by ECOTIC, with the support of Norway Grants, a Iași Municipal Collection Center (, the first center in Romania for the collection of household waste, built to European standards. The experience of developing and operating such a center has highlighted a number of challenges: compliant and complete management of various types of waste, informing citizens, specializing and training employees.

The flow of electrical waste collection from the population through the solutions provided by local public authorities results in less than 5% of the total amount of electrical waste collected and recycled in Romania. This percentage shows us the need for collection solutions for the population, as well as the need to inform citizens from the perspective of correct delivery, for recycling and not to informal collectors.


Actions included in the Steps for Urban Mining project:

  • Webinar on Municipal Waste Management in Norway
  • 3 working visits to municipal centers in Norway. Between August and September 2023, 30 people representing at least 15 private sanitation operators who will operate CAVs, will visit municipal collection centers in Norway. They will interact with those who run such centers and will be able to observe the waste streams and the challenges they face up close.
  • Elaboration of a guide of good practices in the operation of a collection center
  • Good practice guide launch event
  • Documentary video material


The EUR 130.000 STEPS FOR URBAN MINING project is developed by ECOTIC in partnership with InErgeo and funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA & Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to facilitate the transfer of Norwegian know-how in the management of municipal waste and in the operation of municipal collection centers type CAV.