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The diversity of approaches of Cork Stopper Recycling Projects (CSR)

It is still early to classify the different CSR approaches underway in Portugal due to their recent implementation. Even so, our observations allow us to note that there are action plans that are directed mainly at:

  • > Municipal projects;
  • > Strategically directed (partnerships);
  • > A central theme (for example: solidarity).
The initial requirement for success of a CSR lies in a double combination between a strong social demand, implicit or explicit, and the will of institutions to reply to this demand, which implies a special motivation from a series of actors.
Wise recommendations could highlight and place in perspective the hindrances and opportunities linked to good management of the project. These comparative elements and assessment points will allow companies or organisations wishing to establish themselves or diversify within the cork recycling market of other countries to situate themselves and facilitate the implementation of a viable and long-lasting project. Our Portuguese study identifies significant approaches, case dependent, relating to CSRs.

  • > The presence of environmental policies or sectorial plans/programs of an environmental character (local hierarchy, participation of elected town councils);
  • > Good networking, more or less formal;
  • > The organisational factors depend on the material and methodological conditions underway;
  • > The mobilisation of entities, private (companies), public and community;
  • > The coordinated communication between the various entities and their practices;
  • > The availability of material and human resources (support, expertise, dissemination and logistic budget, etc.);
  • > The organisation of information/training/public debate on the process whilst guaranteeing participants feedback from their participation, their expectations and demands.