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URBAN-WASTE – Urban strategies for Waste Management in Tourist Cities – will endeavour to support policy makers in answering to the challenges of booming tourism in European cities, including high levels of unsustainable resource consumption and waste production.

Project co-funded by the European Commission, under the Horizon 2020 programme, 2016 - 2019.


This new feature of URBAN-WASTE website enables project partners, external partners, organisation and even individuals to propose solutions and measures for making tourism more sustainable. It allows visitors of the website to contribute to the project’s objective – eco-innovative solutions for waste reduction and waste management improvements in touristic areas. The brainstorming platform welcomes any interested party in proposing relevant solutions for improving waste management practices across Europe, such as preventing food waste, improving the collection of recyclables, avoiding littering or encouraging reuse, etc.

  • Successfull second General Assembly in Copenhagen

More than 60 participants from the 27 project partners and external stakeholders have gathered in Copenhagen from 29 May to 1 June 2017 for packed 4 days of events celebrating the end of the first year of the project which started exactly one year before in Tenerife. Hosted by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the University of Copenhagen, the 4 days were a perfect opportunity to reflect on the project with all its milestones, achievement and outreach accomplished so far.

The next Municipality Forum and Mutual Learning event will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus in October.

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The URBAN WASTE project aims to help develop strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop re-use, recycling, collection and disposal of waste. In doing so URBAN-WASTE will adopt and apply the urban metabolism approach to support the switch to a circular model where waste is considered as resource and reintegrated in the urban flow.

The project will develop eco-innovative and gender-sensitive waste prevention and management strategies in cities with high levels of tourism in order to reduce the urban waste production and improve municipal waste management. These strategies will facilitate the reintroduction of waste as a resource into the urban metabolism flows and address waste management, risk prevention and land-use as an integral part of urban development.


The concept of urban metabolism was developed by Wolman (1965). Kennedy et al. (2007) and it is defined as “the sum total of the technical and socioeconomic processes that occur in cities, resulting in growth, production of energy, and elimination of waste”. Waste, and therewith waste from tourists occurring in the urban sphere, are main components of urban metabolism. In this section we review different approaches and methods used to conceptualise and operationalise urban metabolism and how these tackle issues of waste, more specific from touristic activities.

The focus of this study lies on providing  knowledge on sustainability indicators for further use in the Urban Waste project. However, the comprehensive and inclusive concept of urban metabolism has the potential to analyse waste and tourism in a systemic and impact oriented way, which can also be used for policy advice. An important aspect is therefore the sustainability dimension within urban metabolism. How can cities reduce resource consumption and minimize waste and emissions while improving or keeping up the quality of life of their citizens (and visitors). A recurring idea is the move from a linear to circular urban metabolism and urban economy



The project will deliver a set of ICT tools, namely the WasteApp mobile application and gather key stakeholders along the tourism and waste value chain around Communities and Practice.

11 pilot cities and regions will be on the frontline of the project, implementing the developed tools and strategies: Tenerife (ES), Tuscany region (IT), Kavala (GR), Copenhagen (DK), Lisbon (PT), Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur (FR), Nicosia (CY), Ponta Delgada (PT), Santander (ES), Syracuse (IT) and Dubrovnik-Neretva County (HR).

The participatory approach will be structured in a mobilisation and mutual learning action plan for waste prevention and management in tourist cities and will attract a number of non-partner cities, too.


URBAN WASTE’s project leader is the government of Canary Islands and project partners are:

  • Aarhus University - AU Herning
  • ACR+
  • AGORAH Agence d’Urbanisme à La Réunion
  • Ambiente Italia s.r.l.*
  • ASHOTEL (Tenerife Hotel and Accommodation Association)
  • BIOAZUL sl
  • City of Copenhagen
  • Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Dubrovnik Neretva Regional Development Agency DUNEA
  • Florence Metropolis Municipality
  • Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia
  • Government of Canary Islands
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University
  • Linnaeus University
  • Lisbon Municipality*
  • Nice Metropolis Municipality
  • Observatoire Régional des Déchets d'Île-de-France (ORDIF)*
  • Region of Epirus
  • Santander Municipality
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Syracuse municipality
  • Tenerife island authority
  • Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Waste Management Authority of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace S.A.

*ACR+ members

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