Introduction 

COCOON is a project which aims to improve regional policy on landfill management through an exchange of best practices and information between participating countries.

Landfills are considered as dynamic stocks of resources (landfill gas, water, other) that can be integrated into the economy, while landfill management (LfM) supports reclaiming land and avoids remediation and aftercare costs. The COCOON objective is to develop, integrate and improve relevant policy instruments, while increasing subsidies through operational programmes (OPs) for LfM projects. COCOON brings together distinct EU regions to share and capitalise on regional good practices.

Aims

As partners in the COCOON project, along with Wasteserv Malta, ERA will focus on enhancing existing policies and facilitating the implementation of Landfill management projects including an inventory of existing landfills. ERA will also be contributing to the identification of applicable good practices both from EU activities and through discussions with various stakeholders. Through COCOON, ERA is looking to increase its knowledge of other LfM techniques, including Landfill mining, which could improve the local situation since landfilling is a major challenge for Malta.

Project Details

PROJECT TITLE COCOON – Consortium for a Coherent European Landfill Management Strategy
DURATION 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2021
TOTAL BUDGET € 1,402,343
PROJECT LOCATION Malta, Belgium, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain

Beneficiaries

LEAD Cleantech Flanders, Belgium
PARTNERS Wasteserv Ltd, Malta; Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium; Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Cyprus; Rijkswaterstaat Agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands; State office of Environment of the State of Bradenburg, Germany; Environment and Resources Authority, Malta; Sanitation Cordoba, Spain.

For more information on this project please visit www.interregeurope.eu/cocoon/