Manresa and Sabadell pilot study cities for innovative European waste management project

The UrbanWINS project opens a new municipal waste management door. Eurecat-CTM is leading the initiative in Catalonia, where other participants include the municipal councils of Manresa and Sabadell, and the Consorci del Bages per a la Gestió de Residus (Bages Waste Management Consortium).

UrbanWins is a new European project funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. It will assess how cities consume resources and products, and how they dispose of the ensuing waste. The project, which will feature pilot studies in Manresa and Sabadell, seeks to develop and implement innovative plans and solutions to improve waste prevention and management in cities.

UrbanWINS will have a duration of three years and is being coordinated by the Italian city of Cremona, in cooperation with 25 institutions from all over Europe. Eurecat-CTM is leading the initiative in Catalonia, where other participants include the municipal councils of Manresa and Sabadell, and the Consorci del Bages per a la Gestió de Residus (Bages Waste Management Consortium).
UrbanWINS seeks to achieve more sustainable consumption patterns and promote better waste management to improve the quality of life of those who live in urban areas.

In order to achieve this objective, the project will encourage the participation of citizens, governments, organisations, suppliers, research institutes and educational centres in physical and virtual forums in Manresa and Sabadell, where participants can share opinions, discuss ideas and recommend solutions.

 


This participative approach forms part of the added value of UrbanWins, which will result in the implementation of policies and strategies created through public participation. The end result of the project will be a set of decision-making tools applicable to waste management throughout Europe, based on a scientific and participative approach.

The project, which began in June, will also analyse current waste prevention and management strategies in 24 cities in order to study their efficiency and consistency. In this respect, the UrbanWINS project will examine the concept of urban metabolism, which sees cities as live organisms that use natural resources and create flows of materials and energy.

The results of UrbanWINS will be used to define projects and indicators for Strategic Municipal Waste Prevention Plans in the eight pilot study areas: Cremona, Turin, two metropolitan districts of Rome (Italy); Bucharest (Rumania), Leiria (Portugal), Manresa and Sabadell (Spain).