In order to reduce the generation of waste, ensure its more efficient management, it is necessary to implement the principles of the circular economy and the recovery of materials from the waste stream. In 2022 the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development together with 21 cooperation partners launched integrated project of the European Union's LIFE program “Waste To Resources Latvia - boosting regional sustainability and circularity” (LIFE Waste To Resources IP).
LIFE Waste To Resources IP aims at implementing National Waste Management Plan of Latvia (2021 – 2028) (NWMP2028).
NWMP2028 aims to reduce the generation of waste and its landfilling by introducing measures to support material and goods circularity, and ultimately – reduce the environmental and carbon footprint of the economy, thus facilitating climate neutrality.
In order to improve waste management planning and fully implement the tasks defined in NWMP2028, the organizations involved in the project will implement measures within 4 thematic blocks:
1) transition from waste to resources;
2) better product cycles and product design;
3) strengthening regional sustainability and waste and materials management;
4) sustainable consumption and social innovations.
improve separated waste collection system by piloting complex management approaches for priority waste streams (biological and food waste, textiles, electronics and ICT, packaging waste etc.) and ensuring safe disposal of specific types of hazardous waste;
set up recycled building materials circulation system including re-use and recycling, sorting of construction waste at construction sites and improve building material and waste accounting;
improve and advance the market for secondary raw materials, reusable and recycled goods, by establishing preconditions and enabling policy instruments;
· reduce landfilled waste amounts by improving waste sorting, recycling, including treatment of non-recyclable fraction of municipal solid waste;
increase material resource productivity and promote waste prevention and reduction of GHG emissions in all spheres of the economy;
promote synergies among industrial production, eco-innovation and waste prevention
improve waste management planning at national and regional level and implement mechanisms through strategically-planned capacity building actions;
provide support to respective authorities for improvements of respective legislative and regulatory documents and policies;
expand and deepen co-operation among stakeholders (local governments, industry, scientific and educational institutions and NGOs), as well as to establish and strengthen co-operation with neighbouring countries for more sustainable waste management;
carry out comprehensive and proactive public information, education and awareness raising work to ensure the involvement of various stakeholders in the implementation of the NWMP2028 and regional waste management plans by changing their attitudes and behavioural patterns in terms of consumption, waste production, and reuse, including choices to mitigate climate change.
From 1 November 2021 to 31 December 2028.