In the framework of the URBAN-WASTE project, the Greek coastal city of Kavala will be hosting the 8th Mutual Learning event on 28 June 2018, where the 11 pilot cities will gather again. The event will focus on the issue of marine litter that affects many coastal cities.

The 3-day long meeting will start with a Steering Committee meeting and the regular Municipality Forum, both preceding the Mutual Learning event itself. The hosts and organisers of all these events will be DIAAMATH, the waste management for East Macedonia and Thrace regions. They have already secured few study visits which will enrich the events. The participants will have the opportunity to see a recycling site in nearby city of Xanthi as well as learn how waste is managed during big concerts during festivals in Kavala.

The Mutual Learning event itself will gather a combination of local and international speakers, as well as cities interested in the topic. A number of NGOs, academics and other experts will cover the issue of marine litter from different perspectives and area of activities. A large number of cities involved in URBAN-WASTE project are coastal, thus the participants will have an opportunity to learn about the measures that they have decided to implement in order to minimise the impact of marine litter.

ACR+ members, interested in the marine litter topic, are invited to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" data-cke-saved-' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy70823 + '\'>'+addy_text70823+'<\/a>'; //--> in case they would like to join the Mutual Learning event and share solutions and practices implemented in their cities or regions. The URBAN-WASTE project would cover the expenses incurred.

Source: www.urban-waste.eu


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At this stage, the URBANREC project aims to gather comprehensive and balanced input on legislative recommendations concerning the uptake of recycled plastics from bulky waste. ACR+ is inviting its members to share their views by filling in a short online survey. The gathered opinions will contribute to drafting policy recommendations to EU policy-makers.

One of the URBANREC project’s objectives is to propose a set of recommendations for specific legislation on bulky waste. For this purpose, ACR+ coordinates a Working Group on legal issues which gathers a range of relevant stakeholders and meets at regular intervals, discussing each time a specific topic related to the management of bulky waste and its integration into the EU legislative framework. The last meeting of the Legal Working group took place on 18 April 2018 and addressed the hurdles faced by industrial stakeholders to introduce second-hand plastic materials on the market. Another meeting will be held at the end of 2018 on the same topic but focusing on the hurdles for recycled textile materials.

The questionnaire can be accessed online and will remain open until 30 May 2018.


In a little bit more than 2 weeks, the EU Green Week 2018 will kick-off in Brussels. ACR+ will participate through 3 events in this new edition, focusing on “Green Cities for a Greener Future”.

First, the European Week for Waste Reduction 2017 Awards Ceremony, celebrating the most outstanding action on waste reduction organised in 2017, will take place on 22 May 2018 from 11:00 to 12:30, hosted by the European Committee of the Regions. It will be opened by Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Join us to find out which actions from 15 finalists will win this year. Discover the full agenda and register online before 11 May 2018.

Also on 22 May 2018, from 13:30 to 16:00, ACR+ and its member CITEO, together with MWE, are organising a conference on Smarter, Greener Cities: from Waste to Resources”.  This conference includes two roundtables. One, focusing on big cities, will discuss and share best practices to increase selective collection performances (pay-as-you-throw; bring banks; out-of-home collection). ACR+ members Maastricht and Paris in particular will be presenting examples. During the second roundtable, start-ups will expose and discuss with the municipalities their innovative solutions to optimise waste collection in urban areas. To register to this event, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-cke-saved-' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy18215 + '\'>'+addy_text18215+'<\/a>'; //--> .

Last but not least, ACR+ has been awarded a stand throughout the Green Week in Brussels. There we will showcase our activities and projects as well as put under the spotlight some specific activities with short side-presentations. Part of the stand will be dedicated to the ACR+ members. It will be our pleasure to see you at the stand or at one of the events, so come and say hi if you are around!


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Two new factsheet on circular public procurement has been published on the Circular Europe Network’s database by ACR+, overviewing good practices implemented by Schiphol Airport (The Netherlands) and ACR+ member Aalborg (Denmark).

The City of Aalborg has implemented a circular public procurement of learning environments in the municipal primary schools. The tender provided the framework for how to recycle and repair the furniture to the municipality's primary schools: instead of investing in brand new furniture and throw the old away, the task was furnishing classrooms with a mix of new, recycled and refurbished furniture.

Schiphol Airport boosts the principles of sustainability with the goal to generate zero waste by 2030. Supporting circular economy, it concluded the agreement with Philips Lighting, which has been working on a lighting retrofit at the airport based on a lighting-as-a-service business model. This business model puts focus on relationships via services instead of equipment selling.

Other recently published factsheets focus on waste collection system (Eco-island of Krk (Croatia)) and strategic development model (ACR+ member Wcycle in Maribor (Slovenia)).

Visit the website of the Circular Europe Network to discover more circular economy cases.



URBAN-WASTE project will tackle the issue of gender reporting in its last webinar of the gender webinar series on 17 May 2018, 11:00 (CEST). The project needs to report on how it has taken gender into account and what differences this may have caused. The project report, a final presentation in Brussels, and an article on gender mainstreaming innovative waste minimisation in tourist areas, will be used to showcase what has worked, what the obstacles have been, and what has the team learnt collectively throughout the project.

The webinar will encourage participants to present their own experiences on how having gender balanced teams/groups/participants has made a difference. It will also illustrate how attention to gender equality across municipal can make for more effective and socially responsible service delivery.

The registration form as well as the agenda of the webinar can be found here: www.urban-waste.eu.