ORDIF’s Technical Matinees is a series of regular morning workshops organised on various topics targeting not only waste management specialists but also local stakeholders coming from various fields.

The last one, organised on 16 May was covering waste management in tourism and sport.
As Maxime Kayadjanian of ORDIF explained, the idea for the topic and especially for inviting LIFE TACKLE, was the fact that Paris will host the Summer Olympic games in 2024 and that an event such as the Olympics are not only a sporting event that bring tens of thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen together but also an event that attracts ten to hundred times more visitors that those who compete to the host city.

The event boasted in the variety of presentations and speakers and after it was opened by Veronique Cote-Millard, ORDIF’s president, Emmanuel Blum gave some overview on of tourism statistics, trends on behalf of the regional tourism agency, as well as how Paris manages tourism and different challenges.

Delphine Assouline, of the Municipality of Paris expanded the previous presentation to the waste management aspects and tourism’s impact on it. During the opening session, Maxime Kayadjanian also presented the URBAN-WASTE project which started 3 years ago and laid down some interesting basis and recommendations for cities and regions how to adapt waste management to different tourism patterns.

While there were also representatives of the catering sector as well as speakers presenting various biowaste solutions for events and the hospitality sector, the most interesting part was the one on concrete measures, approaches and solutions for waste management in sports.

Matthieu De Bonniers opened the last session presenting and explaining the underlying principles of the ISO 20121 standard which defines sustainable waste management in sporting events and tourism. His presentation was followed by the one of Grégory Ferrandis and Jean-Louis Blevarque, who came to the workshop on behalf of Roland Garros, France’s largest tennis tournament.
They presented a whole set of waste management solution they have implemented at the tournament and also how the large number of visitors affects the surrounding area, which doesn’t fall under the tournament’s perimeter.

Erneszt Kovacs, on behalf of ACR+, closed the workshop with presenting the LIFE TACKLE approach to improving waste management in sporting events, namely football.
His presentation triggered an interesting discussion afterwards with other speakers, as they acknowledged the importance of applying good waste management practices to such events like football games.