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Pilot 1. Citizen science for the co-design and implementation of an “interactive waste game” that contributes to improving the selective collection of municipal waste.
This is the first pilot project defined by the Catalan cluster, in collaboration with the municipality of Mollet del Vallès and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It consists of the co-design of a digital waste game that will be used as a citizen science tool to collect information on preferences and barriers to the implementation of innovative waste management systems such as door-to-door collection and smart containers. The results of the pilot will inform Mollet’s territorial specialisation project towards Zero Waste and the municipality’s waste management plan.
In the first phase of the pilot project, 10-13 citizens from Mollet took part in two participatory sessions. The involved citizens represented different profiles in terms of age, gender and social class. These exercises served, on one hand, to raise awareness about the topic, and on the other, to co-design the hypothetical scenarios (pros and cons of the different innovative systems) that will form the basis of the game.
The results of the two sessions are now being used to create guidelines on the requirements for the development of the digital waste game.
In the coming weeks, the development of the waste game will begin, followed by a testing and implementation phase in February in several local schools. The introduction of the game in classrooms will be accompanied by supporting materials. Afterward, students will further distribute the game to their families, friends and close social environment.
Through the obtained data, the town hall, together with the other actors, hope to get a clearer picture of what citizens want in terms of the local waste management system.