Study tour – Best practices for recycling bulky and food waste from Norway

Representatives of Mažeikiai, Plungė and Telšiai districts, Rietavas municipalities and UAB Telšiai Regional Waste Management Center, travelled to Norway to visit companies engaged in waste collection, treatment and recycling. The purpose of the trip was to view best practices in waste management, recycling and repurposing of bulky and food waste. The trip was organized by Mažeikiai District Municipality.

The delegation visited the waste management company Sirkula IKS and the large waste management and recycling centre it owns Resirkula. The group was introduced to the activities of the centre and the concept of its secondary use unit built to educate students on the topic. At Resirkula, people can deliver unwanted items or for recycling so they can be reused or given a new life. The items are then distributed across Resirkula stores to be sold, repaired or upcycled.

The organization and technologies used in the centre’s operations as well as the renovation of items and their return to the market for secondary use were of particular interest to the delegation, as a similar centre is planned to be established in Mažeikiai.

A visit was also paid to the Heggvin Large Waste Management Center, which handles waste from companies.

Next, the delegation visited Vesar APA, which collects and recycles food waste and livestock manure where the waste collected is recycled into climate-friendly biogas, used in production, for heating vehicles and houses. The waste collected is also processed into biofertilizers for organic farming.

Vesar also runs the “Magic Factory”, a knowledge and experience centre equipped with greenhouses which mainly grow tomatoes and organizes lessons for students to learn about waste recycling and carry out research.

More photos from the tour can be found on our facebook page here.

The Circular Based Waste Management project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation –

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