The WastED project
The EU Waste Framework Directive defines an order of priorities that above all aim to reduce the amount of waste generated. The waste generated should primarily be reused as such or as a material. If this is not possible, the waste can be utilized as energy. As a last resort, it may be disposed of in a landfill. With the 7th environmental program that it is preparing, the EU wishes to set goals for the use of resources and the reduction of waste. The long-term target is a recycling society where waste is seen as a resource.
Despite the rapid development of the field and the uniform standards for waste management and waste utilization, there is less education concerning waste management in the EU. “The WastED project” exports the waste management know-how to Estonia and Latvia and also develops educational package that will be exported in the future to other countries, too.
The main operator of the project is Turku University of Applied Sciences. The project will be carried out in co-operation with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and SYKLI, Environmental School of Finland.
Tallinn University of Technology (TTU, Thermal Engineering Department) is participating in the project. TTU and other participants from Estonia and Latvia are helping the operators to create and develop the educational package. Representatives from TTU and other organizations will be participating in a study trip to Finland in June. On this trip, they will see and hear about waste management in Finland. In the end of 2013, specialists from Finland will give a teacher’s training for the representatives in Estonia and Latvia. After that TTU and the others can educate their target groups. This education will be in-service training for the staffs of private and public waste management organizations. The project will increase their professional know-how and competitiveness in the labor market.
The objectives of the project is to create new waste management educational materials (educational package), implement new learning methods (innovation pedagogy), standardize education in waste management and develop the know-how of Finnish educational institutes in the area of education export. The long-term objective is to increase the level of know-how in waste management in the target countries and thereby to develop waste management comprehensively.
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