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Three new factsheets have been published in the Circular Europe Network’s database, overviewing good practices implemented in West Sweden, the Basque Country and the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

In the region of West Sweden, the Re:Textile initiative has since 2016 been exploring new design possibilities and business models in order to improve the active lifetime of textiles aiming to reach a lower raw material impact and to establish a design for circularity model in which circular flows are incorporated in the design thinking.

In Spain, the social cooperative Koopera collects, prepares for reuse, and sells different kinds of goods collected all over the country, employing socially marginalised people. In 2012, an innovative reusing and recycling centre for the automatic treatment of waste was created in the province of Biscay thanks to the support of both the Provincial Government and the Basque Government.

The case of Sardinia explores the implementation of the regional plan for Green Public Procurement. The value for green purchases realised by the Region for its administrations according to the minimal environmental criteria set by the plan arrived at a 90%, while including sectors still not covered by minimal environmental criteria, the region reached a 60% in 2013 and 67% in 2014.

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

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A proper source separation is the first step towards high recycling performances. To enhance the involvement of inhabitants in waste collection, public authorities have to set a comprehensive system that provides clear information, convenient collection equipment, and relevant incentives promoting sustainable behaviours.

To discuss the topic of societal acceptance and public participation in waste management, the COLLECTORS project is organising on 26 June 2019 a public conference, in cooperation with ACR+ member the City of Warsaw. During half a day, local waste players, representatives of different European public authorities, and COLLECTORS partners will share their experiences and solutions to improve citizens' awareness and participation. This conference is taking place at the Copernic Conference Centre in Warsaw, Poland.

More information will be published on www.collectors2020.eu

ACR+ is proud to be one of the partners of the upcoming Urban Future global conference, Europe's largest event for sustainable cities and dedicated exclusively to CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable.

In 2019, the event will be held in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019.

As in the past, it will include thematic areas which are changing slightly from year to year to take into consideration all the discussions with stakeholders sharing their views on the most relevant topics for the future cities.The four main themes are the following: Urban Mobility; Built Environment and Architecture; Leadership; Green Business and Innovation.

The programme of the conference, including several sessions related to circular economy and green procurement, is now available online.

ACR+ is in particular involved in the UFGC through the development of the programme, identification of speakers and moderation of some sessions. Interested participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible: cities’ representatives benefit from a reduced fee (355 euros) and ACR+ members that are not from cities can also benefit from a reduced fee when they select “regular tickets” using the partner code UFGCfamily-ACR+ (final price will be 455 euros, the discount applies at the end of the registration process).

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Just a few days after the international conference of the EPR Club on marine litter, recordings of the events have been shared online.

Since the 5 December, it is now a full report of the event which is available on the EPR Club website.

The report summarises the panellists’ interventions and gives access to their respective presentations and documents.


From 26 to 29 November 2018, ACR+ member the Municipality of Lisbon welcomed the URBAN-WASTE project consortium for a four-day long meeting on the occasion of the 3rd General Assembly of the project and several other events around it.

The General Assembly took place on the second day, following a Steering committee meeting. It brought together a large variety of guests. Representatives of the Portuguese municipalities of Porto and Leieria, and representatives of SMEs and private companies came to Lisbon to learn from the project and explore potential cooperation. The dedicated project partners shared their plans and approaches for maximising the use of obtained data, results and outcomes of the implementation phase. These will compose the Guidelines for City Managers, a comprehensive publication foreseen for May 2019 to ensure the multiplication and reproduction of the URBAN-WASTE measures and strategies in other cities and regions.

The third day was dedicated to the 10th Mutual Learning event, titled “Good practices in waste management as change makers in tourism”. A whole set of practices from the cities of Lisbon (winner of the 2020 European Green Capital award), ACR+ members Paris and Warsaw but also from representatives of the private sector was showcased. The like-minded project URBANWINS closed the meeting with suggestions for transforming cities in line with circular economy principles.

On 29 November 2018, the end of the meeting took place at Lisbon’s municipal library where the 11 URBAN-WASTE cities and regions presented their own developments to each other. This offered the opportunity to set the date of the last Mutual Learning event and meeting before the Final Conference, taking place in Brussels on 7 May 2019. The next meeting will take place in Dubrovnik in March 2019.

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