Waste Reduction and Management in Tourism Enterprises

Waste reduction and management in tourism enterprises is the compass that guides us towards a more sustainable journey, where conscious choices and responsible practices pave the way for a harmonious coexistence between travel and the preservation of our precious destinations, ensuring that the footprints we leave behind are ones of respect, stewardship, and a brighter future for both travelers and the environment.

  • Next Date

    March 2024

  • Length

    5 weeks

  • Format


  • Investment

    250€ (under 23)

Waste Reduction and Management in Tourism Enterprises

Waste reduction and management in tourist resorts is an important aspect of sustainability in the tourism sector. With the increase in global tourism comes the need to address the environmental and social impact caused by the waste generated by these businesses.

The main aim of the Waste Reduction and Management in Tourism Enterprises course is to minimise the amount of waste generated, promote the recycling and reuse of materials, and adopt appropriate waste disposal practices to protect the environment.

This course is part of a 6-module postgraduation. If you are interested in participating in any of the other modules, please contact us or look at the Sustainable Strategies for Tourism & Hospitality Postgraduation

Course content

This course is part of a 6-module postgraduation. If you are interested in participating in any of the other modules, please contact us or look at the Sustainable Strategies for Tourism & Hospitality Postgraduation.


Course content:

  • Waste management issues: environmental, economic and social impacts;
  • Policies and legislation applicable to waste produced in tourist resorts;
  • Waste as a resource: circular economy;
  • Identification and characterisation of waste;
  • Solutions for reducing waste production;
  • Reducing single-use plastics;
  • Reducing food waste;
  • Recycling bio-waste at source;
  • Management of specific waste streams;
  • Good practice case studies.
Learning outcomes

The Waste Reduction and Management in Tourism Enterprises course covers various topics related to sustainability and best practices in waste management.


The programme will be adapted to meet the specific needs of the participants. In addition to the theoretical sessions, there is a practical part that includes case studies, workshops and discussion activities that promote the exchange of experiences between participants.


One of the most important challenges to be addressed will be the change in mentality and organisational culture.

Implementing sustainable waste management practices requires changing employees’ and guests’ habits and behaviours, which can be a more significant challenge.

Participants Profile

This course suits professionals with leadership, management or decision-making roles in organisations in the tourism sector.

Participants can come from different areas, such as:

  • Hospitality managers: general managers, hotel operations managers, food and beverage managers, housekeeping managers and other professionals working in hotels, resorts and guesthouses.
  • Sustainable tourism professionals;
  • Professionals involved in developing and promoting sustainable tourism;
  • Events professionals: Event organisers, conference coordinators and professionals involved in managing events and fairs in the tourism sector
Program Coordination
Graça Martinho

Associate Professor with Aggregation at NOVA FCT

Graça holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (social systems), a MSc in Sanitary Engineering and a BSc in Environmental Engineering, all at NOVA FCT.

Currently holds the following positions: President of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering; member of the Board of the research center MARE – Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences; coordinator of the MARE NOVA regional unit; member of the steering committee of the Associated Laboratory ARNET – Aquatic Research NETwork; member of the Monitoring Committee of the Portuguese Environment Agency (CAGER); President of the Technical Commission for Standardization – Waste (CT 209), of the Institute of Welding and Quality (ISQ), monitoring European (CEN/CENELEC/ETSI) and international ((ISO/IEC) waste standards. She was also Student Ombudsman at NOVA (2018-2021), Vice Dean of NOVA FCT for scientific and academic matters (2011-2018), and President of NOVA.ID (2014-2018). S

Her teaching and research fields are: planning and policy instruments for management of waste, special waste streams management, waste collection systems, mechanical processing and material recycling, waste management models for the circular economy and social psychology applied to behaviors towards waste. It is in these areas that she supervises master’s dissertations and doctoral theses and coordinates as an investigator responsible for several research and development projects

She is co-coordinator of the National Waste Management Plan (PNGR 2020-25) and the Strategic Plan for Urban Waste (PERSU 2020-25) and author of several scientific articles and co-author of the well-known books “Practical Manual for Waste Management” (Verlag Dashöfer Professional Editions) and “Waste Management” (Open University), widely used by university students and waste sector professionals, and the book “Sustainable Solid Waste Collection and Management” (Springer International Publishing), awarded the 1st prize from the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the ISWA Publication Award 2019.

Ana Silveira

Assistant Professor at NOVA FCT

Ana Silveira has a PhD in Sanitary Engineering and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from NOVA FCT. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, where she teaches subjects related to waste management.

She is also a researcher at MARE – Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences and ARNET – Associated Laboratory. She is a member of Waste@Nova and founder of the European Compost Network in 2003.

She specialises in bio-waste management and has taken part in several studies, including the preliminary study on the implementation of selective bio-waste collection in mainland Portugal (Ernst & Young and NOVAIDFCT, 2018-19) and the coordination of the study Defining a methodology for drawing up municipal bio-waste collection studies (Fundo Ambiental, 2020).

She has also coordinated R&D projects with industry for the development of new materials, namely Be Nature – Development of biodegradable leather & footwear (QREN, 2010-2013), Skin UpCycle – Developing skin for sustainability (Portugal 2020/Compete 2020, 2018-2020), Industrial-scale assessment of the behaviour of packaging marked with “Ok Compost” according to standard EN 13432:2000 (Sociedade Ponto Verde, 2021). She is a speaker at various conferences and specialised forums.

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