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Urban Metabolism Approaches to Waste Management Development, Innovative Methods and Strategies

Between April and May 2015, the Bucharest City Hall through the Public Utilities Department took steps to participate in a project proposal within the European Calls. The aim of the project is to develop and test methods for the design and implementation of Strategic Plans for Urban Waste Prevention and Management. These plans include: (1) Strengthening the capacity to adapt to city environmental issues; (2) Ensuring progress towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns; (3) Improving recovery of waste and use of recovered materials. The strategic plans for urban waste prevention and management in the project will be based on the analysis of urban data from 24 European cities and will be personalized and implemented in 8 European cities: Turin, Cremona and two cities in the Province of Rome (Italy), Leiria (Portugal) , Manresa and Sabadell (Spain) and Bucharest. Defining waste management policies based on urban metabolism is an extremely innovative approach not only in Europe, but around the world, research and application being at first in this field. In order to allow the application of the concept of urban metabolism in waste management policies, Urban_Wins proposes a consortium of very diverse actors (cities, research institutes and universities, environmental NGOs, waste management companies) with vast experience in urban metabolism, material flow analysis (MFA) and life cycle (LCA), public waste management policies, stakeholder involvement, urban design and planning, eco-districts, etc. Thus, through this project, Bucharest benefits from the most up-to-date knowledge and skills needed to define innovative policy tools for waste management at urban level.