Zero Waste Best Practices
On the road to Zero Waste: successes and lessons from around the world
Produced by GAIA in 2012, this report is a set of zero waste case studies profiling nine diverse communities, each providing a real-world example of authentic progress toward the goal of zero waste The case studies examined in the report include: Pune, India; San Fransisco, USA; Alaminos, Philippines; Hernani, Spain; La Pintana, Chile; Mumbai, India; Flanders, Belgium; Taiwan; Buenos Aires City, Argentina.
Located in the North of Italy, Capannori has one of the highest municipal recycling rates in Europe. This zero waste town is an example of strong policy decisions and community participation achieving groundbreaking results. This case study reviews the story of their success to date.
The Slovenian capital is the first capital in Europe to declare the Zero Waste goal and in 2014 separately collected 61% of its municipal waste. The city has committed to halving the amount of residuals and increasing separate collection to 78% by 2025. How did Ljubljana manage to become EU’s best-performing capital when 10 years ago had barely started implementing separate collection?
In the North of Italy, the City of Parma presents a vivid example of a transition from traditional waste management to Zero Waste in only 4 years. The key for their success: political will, the involvement of civil society and a strategy based on minimising residual waste.
Gipuzkoa, Spanish Basque Country
The province of Gipuzkoa, in Spanish Basque Country, has managed to almost double their recycling rates in 4 years. In 2011, they struggled to meet EU targets but now they are above the 2020’s goals and intend to keep improving. Gipuzkoa still has a long way till zero waste but is already proving that laggards can move very quickly.
Lacking the power to implement waste collection and management practices, Roubaix had to find new ways to transition to zero waste. The Town is addressing waste at source, by creating a vibrant constellation of actors committed to reducing their waste, including families, schools and businesses.
The public company Contarina serves the districts of Priula and Treviso in Northern Italy, the best performers in waste prevention and recycling in a wide area in Europe. What is the secret for Contarina to recycle two times the European average and generate five times less residual waste? This and more you will find out in this case study.
The Catalan town of Argentona, in the northeast of Barcelona, spearheads the network of Catalan Zero Waste municipalities. When the door-to-door collection system was introduced in 2004, Argentona more than doubled its recycling rates and became a pioneering reference in Catalonia.
In a country that until 2001 had no national targets for separate collection of waste, the case of the small municipality of Vrhnika in Slovenia shows how a community can make strides towards a Zero Waste objective in a short time. How did this small area go from landfilling everything to recycling most of its MSW in 20 years?