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New case study: Parma proves 70% recycling and 100kg residual waste can be achieved in only 4 years

New case study: Parma proved that 70% recycling and 100 kg of residual waste can be achieved in just 4 years

For immediate release: Brussels, June 20, 2016

This case study confirms that ZWE’s circular economy package of recommendations can be realized in a very short period of time

Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) today released a new case study on the Italian city of Parma, which emphasizes how political will and citizen participation can fundamentally reduce residual waste, create jobs and save taxpayers money.

Palma has 190,284 residents, and over the years, individual collections have stagnated at around 45%. However, a citizen-led initiative abandoned the waste management managed in 2012, transformed the waste policy, and brought Parma a zero waste plan.

The new plan replicates and improves the already well-functioning schemes of other towns in the zero waste network; intensive roadside collection and pay-as-you-go systems, as well as a lot of education, and maintain the flexibility of the system to accommodate further improvements.

The indicator used by the town to measure success is the reduction of per capita residual waste (waste used for landfill and/or WtE incineration), which was reduced by 59% in just 4 years, from 283 kg to 117 kg. By 2015, the separation collection rate will increase to 72%, and the quality of separated and recycled materials will also improve.

The new collection system requires more labor, which means that the number of garbage collectors has increased from 77 to 121, and many other indirect jobs have been created. At the same time, the city has saved 453,736 euros compared to the previous system. .

But the transformation is far from over. By the end of 2016, Parma will generate less than 100 kilograms of residual waste per person, and 80% of it has been collected separately, and it is planned to continue on the road of zero waste.

ZWE Director Joan Marc Simon said: “Some people spend time looking for excuses not to deliver in 2030, while others such as Parma have proven that the per capita recycling of 70% and 100 kg of residual waste per capita can be achieved in less than 5 years. ".

Gabriele Folli, the environmental commissioner of the City of Palma, will present this case study and the regional committee for the target case of residual waste per capita at the “Towards a Zero Waste City: How Local Authorities Apply” meeting in Brussels next Wednesday, June 22, to develop a waste prevention policy. To participate, please register here. Other zero waste European case studies can be found on our website.



Ferran Rosa Note:

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Zero Waste Europe aims to make communities rethink their relationship with resources. In more and more areas, local groups composed of individuals, businesses, and city officials are taking important steps to eliminate waste in our society. Read other information about us here.

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This is the latest of 7 case studies published by Zero Waste Europe. If you want to learn about these amazing practices, download the case studies of Capannori (Italy), Argentona (Spain), Vhrnika (Slovenia), Contarina (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Gipuzkoa (Spain Basque Country) and review them The success they have achieved so far provides an analysis of the key factors in achieving this impressive transformation.

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