Effective waste management heavily depends on the development of new solutions for collection and treatment. Public procurement – and PPI particularly – can stimulate the market in that direction and invest in new, more efficient solutions for municipal waste management to meet European objectives.
Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) occurs when public authorities act as an early adopter of innovative solutions which are not yet available on large scale commercial basis.
- Promoting technological and social innovation in the field of material resource and product management in order to reduce the quantity of waste to be managed;
- Promoting technological and social innovation in the field of material resource and product management in order to improve waste management (sorting, collection, treatment).
Sectors most suited for this type of procurement
- Waste prevention (e.g. virtualisation of documents and communication, home and community composting equipment, services from social economy associations to implement repair workshops, etc.);
- Waste sorting (e.g. sorting bins with electronic chips, high efficiency sensors and sorting systems in sorting plant, etc.);
- Waste collection (e.g. buried collection systems, bring banks with compression system, etc.);
- Waste treatment (e.g. recycling facility for difficult streams like plastics, micro-scale or large scale anaerobic digestion plant, etc.).