Municipal recycling best practices reviewed

EU-supported compendium of eighteen projects in 11 countries published

Examples of best practice in urban waste recycling from eighteen towns and cities in 11 EU countries have been published by pro-environment networks of European municipalities, supported by the European Commission. The publication is aimed at raising awareness of best practices, according to Energie-Cités and the Association of Cities for Recycling, who authored the document along with Italian network Consorzio Agrital Ricerche.

The 18 one-page case studies in the report include experiences from Barcelona in Spain to Lille and Hurepoix in France, Stuttgart and Munich in Germany, Dublin in Ireland, Leeds and Milton Keynes in the UK, and the EU's unofficial Belgian capital of Brussels. Each study profiles a particular feature of interest.

For example, Lille is included because it combined the objectives of recycling and job placement, giving 270 people work experience, 60% of whom went on to find permanent employment. The Austrian city of Salzburg offers a 15% reduction on household waste collection to people who compost their own putrescible wastes. Barcelona in Spain is operating a novel experimental system in which lorries vacuum organic and non-recyclable wastes from separate underground containers beneath street bins.

Follow Up:
Energie-Cités, tel: +33 3 81 65 36 80; Association of Cities for Recycling, tel: +32 2 775 7701; Consorzio Agrital Ricerche, tel: +39 06 667 8357. The report is on the Energie-Cités website in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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