Improved waste management is an essential element in efforts to make Europe more resource efficient. If a city is to generate greater economic returns at lower costs to the environment then it must find ways to extract more value from the resources that it takes from nature, while cutting the burden of emissions and waste. One key means of achieving that is by shifting waste management up the waste hierarchy focusing on waste prevention, reuse and recycling.

Effective implementation of the European Union (EU) waste policies demands an understanding of what has been achieved so far and progress towards future targets. The present report responds to that need, reviewing the current performances of EU capital cities regarding municipal waste management in their territories.

*The full version of this report is available only for ACR+ members.

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